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Lt. Gov. Green tests positive for coronavirus

Josh Green

Lt. Gov. Josh Green and a staffer have tested positive for COVID-19, Green’s office said Friday.

Green, a medical doctor who received a routine COVID-19 test prior to his emergency room shift last Wednesday and was negative, was tested again Friday after coming in close contact with a team member who caught the virus.

Green received his results Friday evening and was isolating safely in a bedroom at his home, his office said. He planned to continue his duties from home as long as he was feeling well.

He reported feeling fine and planned to update family and friends “as he goes through what thousands of Hawaii’s citizens are experiencing,” Green’s office said.

At 9 a.m. Friday, Green’s office was notified that a staffer had tested positive. The office’s 14 employees, including administrative and executive teams and security detail, were set to be quarantined and tested.

“We are following proper protocols to ensure the health and safety of our team members first and foremost,” Green said in a statement prior to receiving his results. “Our thoughts are with our team member who tested positive for COVID-19 and wish them a speedy recovery.”

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