During Thursday’s COVID-19 briefing, Whitmer was asked about COVID-19 diagnoses among state lawmakers.
“I think all elected officials, in particular, should make the same exact commitment (to disclose positive tests),” Whitmer said. “Especially in a Legislature that is continuing to meet and has a variety of staff people, as well as press people, as well as the general public who are in and out of this building.”
Whitmer said she hasn’t recently had a COVID-19 test, but she has taken four tests overall, all which came back negative.
“If I should take a COVID-19 test that comes back positive, I would absolutely disclose it,” Whitmer said.
She said anyone in a similar position, including members of the State House, should commit to disclose that information if they contract COVID-19 so it can keep everyone safe and educate the public.
“I believe that’s the right thing to do, and I believe they should all do that,” she said.
Whitmer said she has heard there are “quite a few” lawmakers who have COVID-19, and believes it should be a policy to share that information.