Barrett, a 39-year-old, first-term Republican senator, has supported the Unlock Michigan petition drive to limit the emergency powers of Whitmer and future governors. He held a petition signing event for the campaign on July 18. (Detroit News)
Daily Beast: A state lawmaker who opposed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s extended lockdown has been diagnosed with COVID-19, leaving numerous legislators potentially exposed to the virus.
Michigan republican senator Tom Barrett who has been saying that our governor has over stepped her ground with all the precautions she put in to try prevent the spread of COVID-19, saying a mask was needed and its ok to send kids back to school. Has COVID-19, karma is a bitch.
— Cheryl Mahoney (@Jaydenlyn) August 3, 2020
Sen. Tom Barrett, a Republican, learned he is infected after undergoing mandatory screening because he is in the Army National Guard. “Thankfully I do not have any significant symptoms at this time, and I will be self-isolating according to medical guidelines,” said Barrett, who attended committee meetings, in a mask, last week. “I have done my best to make contact with those I have been around in the past couple weeks so that they may also seek medical advice.” Whitmer’s statewide lockdown is credited with bringing the spread of the virus under control this spring, though numbers have started to spike again since reopening