Kelly Does Not Have COVID; Tuesday Result Deemed ‘False Positive’


It appears Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly did not have COVID earlier this week.

“On Tuesday, after experiencing cold-like symptoms, Governor Laura Kelly tested positive for COVID-19,” a statement from her office said Thursday. ‘In order to be safe and transparent with Kansans, the Governor then shared the news publicly, self-isolated, and worked from home.

“She continued to test, and after several subsequent negative tests, her physician and experts at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment have determined that she does not have COVID and that the original test was a false positive. She has been cleared to work in-person starting tomorrow.”

Kelly still plans to deliver the State of the State Address on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Joan Duwve, M.D. and State Health Officer with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said Kelly too appreciate caution regardless.

“After receiving a positive result on a COVID test, Governor Kelly followed all protocols by self-isolating at home while continuing to work,” Duwve said. “With the increased time indoors this winter, anytime Kansans are not feeling well they should follow the infection prevention protocols, get tested for respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 or influenza, and stay home until they are no longer experiencing symptoms.”