Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist announced Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Gilchrist announced the news in a video posted on Twitter and used the news as a call for Michiganders to watch out for each other.
“Today, I tested positive for COVID-19. I currently have no symptoms, and I’m grateful that being vaccinated protects against serious illness,” he said. “I encourage everyone to keep doing all they can to keep each other safe.”
Gilchrist’s positive test comes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week went into isolation after her husband, Marc Mallory, tested positive for COVID-19. She has tested negative.
It also comes as the state continues to see its highest daily averages for confirmed cases amid the surge from the highly transmissible omicron variant.
Gilchrist, 39, is a Detroit native, a husband and father of three children.
As part of the Whitmer Administration, Gilchrist has been charged with addressing injustice and inequity across the state. He has co-chaired the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration and led a Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.