Gov. Lamont recovering at home after testing positive for COVID
Gov. Ned Lamont navigated the state through two years of the pandemic, but now the governor has COVID-19 and is experiencing a few symptoms.
COVID-19 did not stop Lamont from signing a new absentee ballot law at home via Zoom.
"Yesterday, I really didn't have any symptoms, so I said and my doctor said, 'You don't have any symptoms -- not as necessary.' Today, maybe you can hear a little bit in the voice and some other things, so I may take a look at those treatments," said Lamont.
COVID-19 actually inspired a new law. Now people can vote by mail due to sickness in the general election.
"If today were the Election Day, under current law, there's a good chance the governor would not have been allowed to vote. Think of that," said AARP Connecticut President Tia Murphy.
Just one week ago, Lamont received a second booster shot.
Three days later, he attended the UConn women's title game in Minneapolis and even took a picture with Paige Buecker's parents. The governor isn't sure how he caught COVID-19.
"I don't know. We saw hundreds of people out at the basketball game. You know, I saw a lot of people in Washington, D.C. got infected because they went to the Gridiron Dinner. I'm afraid there's community spread right now," said Lamont.
This week, Lamont attended several events unmasked. He has been testing himself at home every day. He will quarantine for the next few days.
"I'm going to take a good, long weekend here and relax. And I think I'll be fine early next week," said Lamont.
Lamont's diagnosis was confirmed by a positive PCR test. The governor's office says it has contacted everyone who was in close contact with him.