July 26, 2021

Arizona legislature shuts down after Rudy Giuliani’s COVID-19 hospitalization

Arizona’s state House and Senate will close for a week “out of an abundance of caution” following Rudy Giuliani’s COVID-19 diagnosis, announced via tweet by President Trump, and hospitalization, The Arizona Republic reports. Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, spent last week flying around to several states Trump lost, including Arizona, in a desperate bid to get Republican legislators to try and overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

Trump’s campaign said in a statement that Giuliani “tested negative twice immediately preceding his trip to Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia,” and “did not experience any symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 until more than 48 hours after his return.” A person in contact with Giuliani told The New York Times he actually started feeling ill near the end of last week, and The Washington Post notes that asymptomatic people can still spread the virus.

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