Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced on Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and that he is experiencing only mild symptoms thanks to having been vaccinated and boosted.
Ellison is currently visiting family out of the country and is isolating in place. He will travel home when it is safe to do so, according to his statement.
“I am out of the country visiting family and until yesterday, had no reason to believe I was positive until I took a mandatory COVID test that was required for me to board the plane home,” Ellison’s statement read.
“I was surprised to find that it was positive because up to that point, I had experienced no symptoms. Since then, I have developed mild symptoms but nothing worse than a mild cold. I’m working remotely as normal while isolating in place and will travel home when it’s safe to do so.
“I’m very grateful to have been vaccinated and boosted,” continued Ellison. “The science is clear: vaccines and booster shots make COVID symptoms mild and manageable for most of us if we do contract the virus. My case is more proof of that.”
Ellison encouraged Minnesotans to get vaccinated in the face of the highly transmissible COVID-19 omicron variant. “The more Minnesotans who are vaccinated, the more we will all get through to the other side of the omicron wave safely. That’s how we care for each other as Minnesotans and human beings,” said Ellison.