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Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey tested positive for COVID-19

He believes he was exposed Dec. 19, a day after the Senate ended voting for the year.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, watches during the State of the State address at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Shirkey is drawing criticism after a college newspaper quoted him using an expletive to describe Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic lawmakers as "crazy." (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says he tested positive for the coronavirus two days before Christmas and recovered at home. 

The Clarklake Republican, who publicly announced the infection three weeks after learning of it, is at least the 13th legislator with a positive test. A 14th died from a suspected case in March. 

Shirkey experienced a fever and fatigue. He believes he was exposed Dec. 19, a day after the Senate ended voting for the year.

He visited the House on Dec. 21, appearing to remove his mask while listening to a farewell speech. 

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