Alabama lieutenant governor tests positive for COVID-19

Alabama lieutenant governor tests positive for COVID-19
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Alabama’s lieutenant governor tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday after previously criticizing a statewide mask mandate.

“After being notified this afternoon that a member of my Sunday school church group had acquired the coronavirus, I was tested out of an abundance of caution and received notice that the results proved positive,” Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth (R) said in a statement.


“Because I follow social distancing rules and wear a mask both in church and in my daily interactions, the positive result shows that even those of us who are the most cautious can be at risk,” he added.

Ainsworth had in July come out against a statewide mask order from Alabama Gov. Kay IveyKay IveyAlabama using COVID funds to build new prisons — is that Biden's vision? Street honoring Confederate president renamed in Alabama capital Alabama clears plan to use COVID-19 relief funds to build prisons MORE (R).

“Wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing are among the best ways to slow the spread of COVID-19,” he tweeted at the time. “However, it’s an overstep that infringes upon the property rights of business owners and the ability of individuals to make their own health decisions.”

Ainsworth previously supported the reopening of businesses amid the pandemic and has also vocally supported the Trump administration's aggressive efforts to secure a vaccine for the virus.

Despite his positive test results, he said in a tweet on Thursday that he is still in high spirits.

Alabama has seen an increase in coronavirus cases across the state and currently has 177,064 confirmed cases and 2,843 deaths, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.