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Two Oklahoma lawmakers test positive for coronavirus

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 13:34:16-05

TULSA, Okla. — Two Oklahoma lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19.

Rep. Kevin Wallace and Rep. Tammy Townley both told KOCO in Oklahoma City they tested positive for the virus.

Wallace said he took a test required for a trip this weekend, and the test came back positive for COVID-19.

As a requirement for a trip scheduled this weekend, I took a COVID-19 test. Immediately upon learning of testing positive, I contacted the Speaker’s Office. I did not participate in the Oath of Office ceremonies or take my oath with any other members. The Oath of Office was administered to me individually under CDC guidelines. The Oklahoma State Department of Health has been working on trace back. I am still asymptomatic and quarantining.
Rep. Kevin Wallace

Townley said she tested positive for coronavirus antibodies this summer and didn't think she was in risk of transmission.

I tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies this summer and for that reason had zero reason to believe I was a transmission risk this week. This is why it is so surprising I tested positive again after the oath ceremony. I am asymptomatic, feel fine and only took a test because it was required for an event I planned to attend Thursday. I was very surprised to have a positive result, given my prior positive test for antibodies. I immediately notified House leadership and am participating in contact tracing efforts.
Rep. Tammy Townley


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