Utah House Majority Leader Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, tested positive for COVID-19 after becoming symptomatic on Tuesday night, causing him to miss interim meetings on Wednesday.
He said his symptoms so far are mild.
“Just a few aches, not bad though. The biggest thing for me is I don’t have the energy I normally have,” Schultz said in a text message.
Schultz has not been vaccinated against the virus, but is careful to stress he is not anti-vaccine.
”I’ve been exposed and tried multiple times to get COVID. My wife had it a year ago, and I tried to get it from her so I could get it over with before last year’s session,” Schultz said. “I just assumed I was one of those people who couldn’t get it.”
Schultz was elected the #2 Republican in the Utah House last week, replacing Francis Gibson on the leadership team. Gibson announced his retirement from the Legislature late last month.