Huntsman confirms positive test for COVID-19

In a June 10 tweet, gubernatorial candidate Jon M. Huntsman Jr. has has confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

SALT LAKE CITY – The results are finally in and they are positive.

Former governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. announced June 10 that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Huntsman confirmed that test results in a tweet, adding that he is experiencing “classic symptoms” of the novel virus. He plans to remain in isolation with his family members, who are still awaiting the results of their own COVID-19 tests, while still campaigning through online technology.

The health status of the gubernatorial candidate has been in question since June 4, when one of his campaign aides tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Salt Lake Department of Health initially reported that Huntsman had tested negative for the coronavirus on June 8, then admitted a mistake and requested that the candidate be tested again.

Huntsman’s last public appearance was June 4, when he met with about 30 local residents at Merlin Olsen Central Park in Logan.

Since then, two more of Huntsman’s staff aides tested positive for COVID-19 on June 8.

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  • Michelle June 10, 2020 at 2:46 pm Reply

    My mom was one of the 30 he met with. He was not wearing a mask when he shook her hand. So now she has to self-isolate too. Why would he not wear a mask when shaking the hands of potential voters? She was wearing hers.

    • eshner June 10, 2020 at 8:40 pm Reply

      Well, he is a Republican. Not wearing a mask is a party trend. Even with masks the handshake could have been enough to transfer the virus.

      The real question is, why did SHE shake HIS hand? Why did she get close to him when he wasn’t wearing a mask? At the end of the day, we are all responsible for our own well being.

    • Todd June 11, 2020 at 6:57 am Reply

      Why did your mommy shake his hand in the first place? Why does she support billionaires who run for office? Sounds like her own fault.

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