According to the House Democratic Leader’s Office, as of Friday morning, there were at least 10 confirmed cases of Kovid-19 among House representatives, House staff and Senate staff. KBOI reported that at least six House lawmen tested positive for Kovid-19.
Democratic state lawmakers did not criticize their Republican colleagues for taking reasonable precautions to reduce the spread of Kovid-19, so that the legislature could continue with its work.
Democratic State Sen. David Nelson tweeted, “We could meet from afar or wearing masks and reinforcements, but now we don’t go home and stop doing business of people.”
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Democratic leaders of the Idaho House and Senate said Friday that they “hope our allies recover quickly and can return, so we can end the session.”
House Minority Leader Ilana Rubel and Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stallet said, “We can’t help about bad things in the Capitol, but when we can stop it from becoming a hot spot, we can be disappointed.” joint statement.
Rubel told KBOI that lawmakers work in close places and very few of them wear masks, so “it seemed inevitable that this would happen.” He said Democrats had previously advocated for “more robust precautions” and even postponed the session until lawmakers could be vaccinated.
Rubel and Stennett warned on Friday that “the legislature will have to do better when we return, otherwise we will find ourselves in this position.”