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Utah House Majority Leader Mike Schultz Has COVID

House Majority Leader Mike Schultz started having coronavirus-like symptoms on Tuesday.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Speaker of the House Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, left, concludes a meeting announcing Rep. Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, center, as the new majority leader in the House with Jefferson Moss, R-Saratoga Springs, right, at a press conference on the Capitol on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

Utah House Majority Leader Mike Schultz R-Hooper tested positive for COVID-19 after becoming symptomatic on Tuesday evening, causing him to miss interim meetings on Wednesday.

He said his symptoms so far have been mild.

“Just a few aches, not bad anyway. The most important thing for me is that I don’t have the energy that I normally have, ”Schultz said in a text message.

Schultz has not been vaccinated against the virus, but is careful to point out that it is not anti-vaccine.

“I have been exposed and have tried several times to get COVID. My wife had it a year ago and I tried to get it from her so I could get it over with before last year’s session, ”Schultz said. “I just assumed I was one of those people who couldn’t get it.”

Schultz was voted Republican No. 2 at Utah House last week, replacing Francis Gibson on the leadership team. Gibson announced his retirement from the Legislature late last month.