Second lawmaker announces COVID-19 diagnosis


    The Montana state capitol building in Helena. The statue in front of the capitol is Thomas Francis Meagher, an Irish revolutionary hero and the second territorial governor of the state. (Photo by Eric Seidle for the Daily Montanan)

    Rep. Fiona Nave, a Republican from Columbus, has tested positive for COVID-19, the Legislature announced Monday afternoon.

    Nave, the second legislator to come forward with a positive diagnosis, has not been at the state capitol in person since the legislative session began. She received her test results yesterday, according to an announcement from Sen. Jason Ellsworth, the chair of the the Legislature’s COVID-19 panel.

    As with Rep. David Bedey, R-Hamilton, before her, the Legislature is releasing Nave’s name “because she authorized the COVID Panel to do so in the interest of transparency.”

    Lawmakers on the coronavirus panel have not approved a formal, Legislature-wide information sharing process for positive COVID-19 diagnoses, giving those who test for the virus wide berth on what details about their status or contacts they choose to share publicly.

    The Lewis and Clark County Board of Commissioners votes tomorrow on a contract for a contact tracer from the county to work part-time at the Legislature.

    Dylan Klapmeier, a spokesman for the House GOP, declined to go into specifics on Nave’s condition but said she expects to be out of quarantine soon.