According to The Star Tribune, Republicans in Minnesota alerted only GOP lawmakers and staffers after a number of Republican Senate members and staffers tested positive for COVID-19, leaving Democrats in the dark.
The individuals reportedly fell ill after a Nov. 5 party caucus.
Craig Sondag, the Senate Republican chief of staff, made the revelation in a Tuesday memo, declining “to reveal the names of the infected, citing a balance between the infected people’s right to privacy and the need of their contacts to know they had been exposed.”
“He instructed all GOP Senate staffers to work from home, including during Thursday’s special session,” The Tribune reported on Saturday.
A day after it was revealed that GOP state Sen. Dave Senjem tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a Nov. 5 party caucus, news broke that Republican senators and staffers were informed in a Tuesday memo that “a number of [GOP Senate] members and staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19.”
The news that GOP senators and staffers were warned that COVID was spreading in their ranks but DFLers were not was met with distress late Friday.
“It is outrageous and completely unacceptable that Senate DFLers were not notified of the recent COVID-19 outbreak among Senate Republicans prior to Thursday’s floor session,” Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, said in a statement. “This lack of transparency is a blatant disregard for the health and safety of others: our DFL and nonpartisan staff, members, and the communities we go home to.”
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