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WV Delegate Tests Positive, Democrats Respond

March 22nd, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Democrat leaders in the West Virginia Legislature held a media briefing Monday following the revelation that Republican Delegate Brandon Steele had tested positive for Coronavirus. House Minority Leader Doug Skaff said he and his caucus wish nothing but a speedy recovery for Steele, and indicated that 86 of 100 House members had been vaccinated.  

Steele is the chairman of the House Government Organization Committee.  He was tested after feeling tired and experiencing symptoms at the end of last week.  Initially, he thought he was suffering from seasonal allergies.

Skaff said Steele made a long speech without a mask on Friday, and he's concerned that could have infected others.  The minority leader also said he was aware of another get together which could be a super spreader event.

Members of the Democratic Caucus said they wanted to see where contact tracing leads before considering whether to request a suspension of the session.