Michigan senator reveals positive COVID-19 test after attending Thursday session

Lansing — State Sen. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township, is the latest Michigan lawmaker to test positive for COVID-19, according to an announcement that came a day after she attended the Senate’s Thursday session.

The Senate Business Office sent out a notice about LaSata’s test result Friday, saying she had been at session and four committee meetings the prior day in Lansing. The southwest Michigan lawmaker had been tested Wednesday, according to the notice. She found out she had the virus Thursday evening.

Sen. Kim LaSata

“When I was informed that I am positive for COVID-19, I couldn’t believe it. I had not experienced any symptoms prior to receiving a test administered during a routine, scheduled medical checkup, and I remain asymptomatic,” LaSata said. “Since I had no knowledge that I was exposed to the virus and experienced no symptoms, I attended Senate session and committee hearings as normal on Thursday.”

a day after state Rep. Scott VanSingel, R-Grant, revealed that he had tested positive for the virus.

The state House abruptly called off its Thursday session with GOP leadership saying there was “nothing time-sensitive on the floor.” 

The Senate had session, which LaSata attended. She also took part in a caucus meeting and meetings of the Appropriations Committee, Insurance and Banking Committee, Health Policy and Human Services Committee and the Energy and Technology Committee, according to the Senate Business Office.