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State lawmaker among 200k Michiganders who've tested positive for COVID-19

Jodi Westrick
Michigan Radio

The state of Michigan has reached a milestone in the COVID-19pandemic, with the state recording more than 200,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.  

Among the latest to test positive is a top state lawmaker.

State Senator Jim Ananich announced his positive test on Twitter.

The Flint Democrat is the state senate minority leader.

Ananich says he is “feeling O-K” and recovering at home, following his doctor’s advice and all protocols from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

According to the senator's office staff, on Tuesday evening, Ananich was notified that someone he saw over the weekend tested positive.  He was tested Wednesday morning and Friday received the news that the test was positive.

Ananich says he hasn’t been at the state Senate since he was exposed to the virus.

On Friday, Michigan health department officials announced the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state since the pandemic began has reached 201,569. 7,513 Michiganders have died of coronavirus. 

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.