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Member of Gov. Sununu's staff tests positive for COVID-19

  • Governor Chris Sununu visited Peterborough on Friday to discuss Peterborough and Jaffrey's joint water project and tour the Main Street Bridge construction site. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Governor Chris Sununu visited Peterborough on Friday to discuss Peterborough and Jaffrey's joint water project and tour the Main Street Bridge construction site. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monitor staff
Published: 12/7/2020 2:19:43 PM

A member of Gov. Chris Sununu’s staff has tested positive for COVID-19, the office said in a press release Monday.

The staff member, whom the office did not identify, has been isolating since Dec. 2 – last Wednesday, the governor’s office said. The staff person did not have close contact with Sununu, the release said. Sununu is not quarantining but “he will continue to monitor for any symptoms, as well as all other staff in the governor’s office,” the office said in the release.

The staff member with the positive case did have close contact with another person in the governor’s office, according to the release. That person is now quarantining as well.

“Today a member of my staff tested positive for COVID-19,” Sununu said in a press release. “Like many workplaces across the state and country, the State House is not immune.”

Announcing the positive case, Sununu argued the announcement was part of his commitment to transparency, which he called “paramount in public health crises.”

Sununu and his staff have been working in the governor’s office on the second floor of the State House in Concord since the pandemic began. The governor, who holds weekly press conferences at the New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training Academy, has also kept up a schedule of in-person events throughout the campaign season and as governor – usually with masks but not always.

On Nov. 3, he and his staff participated in an indoor election night party for the New Hampshire Republican Party at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Manchester. While the event required masks to entry, many of the several dozen participants did not wear masks throughout the cocktail reception, including some of the governor’s own staff members.

On Monday, Sununu said that his office had cooperated with the Department of Health and Human Services on a contact tracing investigation, and that the office had informed the Department of Administrative Services “that all commonly touched surfaces within the State House had been sanitized.”

(Ethan DeWitt can be reached at 369-3307, edewitt@cmonitor.com, or on Twitter at @edewittNH.)




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