Indiana governor tests negative for COVID-19

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has tested negative for COVID-19, his office said Thursday, a day after the state health commissioner announced she had become infected.

Holcomb and some of his staff members got negative results for the coronavirus after undergoing two types of tests, according to the governor’s office.

Holcomb has advocated the use of face masks to slow the coronavirus spread but has resisted calls to reimpose tougher business and crowd-size restrictions as the state has seen recent sharp increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations and new infections.

Holcomb, 52, wore a face mask during an online briefing with reporters from his Statehouse office for the first time on Wednesday. He said he would be undergoing a coronavirus test later Wednesday and planned to quarantine at the governor’s residence until he had the results.

The state’s health commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box, announced Wednesday that she, an adult daughter and her 23-month-old grandson tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. Box said she didn’t yet have any symptoms, while her daughter and grandson have mild symptoms, and believed the infections stemmed from her grandson’s home day care site.

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