CONNECTICUT – Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s communications director Max Reiss has tested positive for COVID-19. This was announced by a spokesman for the governor’s office when he said a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday night.
Later, Reiss issued a statement on Twitter saying that he was the one who tested positive.
Because of this, the governor, Chief of Staff Paul Mounds and COO Josh Geballe will begin a voluntary quarantine immediately, the office said.
This is the first known case of COVID-19 within the Governor’s office.
Reiss has shown no symptoms and is at home in isolation, according to the governor’s office.
“We are taking this case seriously and abiding by all protocols to keep the Governor, his family, and all of our staff members and their families safe,” Chief of Staff Paul Mounds said in a statement.
“While this is the first case within our administration, tens of thousands of Connecticut residents have developed COVID-19 and thousands more have lost their lives. Even in an administration where everyone who interacts with the governor and uses face masks is consistently tested, this is a reminder that no testing regimen is fully tested, “Mounds continued.
Senior administration staff and Governor Lamont continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week, the governor’s office said.
Contact tracing is underway and all members of the Lamont administration who have been in close contact with Reiss will be quarantined for 14 days.
There are no additional positive cases at this time.