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Holcomb Tests Negative For COVID-19, Remains In Quarantine After Exposure

By Brandon Smith, IPB News | Published on in Government, Health, Politics
Several members of Gov. Eric Holcomb's security detail tested positive for COVID-19. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Several members of Gov. Eric Holcomb's security detail tested positive for COVID-19. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Gov. Eric Holcomb will continue quarantining after being exposed to COVID-19, despite negative test results Friday.

The governor’s office Tuesday announced several members of the governor’s security detail tested positive. State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box advised both Holcomb and his wife Janet to begin quarantine immediately.

The Holcombs had both a rapid Abbott test and the more accurate PCR test for COVID-19 and both came back negative. Neither of them have symptoms. The governor’s office said the Holcombs won’t get tested again unless they develop symptoms, based on the advice of the state health commissioner.

However, they will continue a 14-day quarantine until Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The State Department of Health will conduct contact tracing for Holcomb, his wife and his security detail. The governor participated in his usual Wednesday COVID-19 briefing, but did so by phone.

This story has been updated.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.