COVID Outbreak Hits Seven Arkansas GOP State Reps

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports:

Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers, is the seventh state lawmaker to test positive for the coronavirus during the past several days. Bledsoe, who co-chairs the Legislative Council, received test results Sunday night that she tested positive, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs.

Bledsoe is a former chairwoman of the Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee, whose husband James Bledsoe is a chief physician specialist at the state Department of Health and whose son Greg Bledsoe is the state’s surgeon general.

Rep. Charlene Fite, R-Van Buren, announced on Saturday that she has tested positive for coronavirus. The other lawmakers who have tested positive for coronavirus are Sens. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, and Terry Rice, R-Waldron, and Reps. Joe Cloud, R-Russellville; Michelle Gray, R-Melbourne, and Stu Smith, R-Batesville.

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