Sen. Johnson should have skipped Oktoberfest fundraiser

A health department official says Sen. Ron Johnson should have skipped his Oktoberfest fundraiser while…

Sen. Johnson should have skipped Oktoberfest fundraiser

A health department official says Sen. Ron Johnson should have skipped his Oktoberfest fundraiser while awaiting the results of his coronavirus test.Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in WisconsinHe remains in isolation after he tested positive.”I’m not sick. I have no symptoms,” Johnson said. “I certainly did not anticipate testing positive.”He attended an Oktoberfest fundraiser Friday night at the River Club of Mequon.Attendees paid $250 for the event.Johnson said he took the test before the event but didn’t receive his positive results after.He already completed 14 days of quarantine after being exposed to a COVID-positive patient last month.Johnson returned to work in Washington, D.C.He got tested again Friday after learning Utah Sen. Mike Lee was positive for the coronavirus.”I got into the event,” Johnson said. “Right before I spoke, sat down at a table with my chair well away from anybody else. I was at least 8 feet with my mask on. Then I got called up by (former Wisconsin Attorney General) Brad Schimel, made my remarks and then I left. That’s what happened. Personally, I don’t think anybody is in particular danger.”Because of those actions, the Washington-Ozaukee County Health Department said it was not contact tracing the event.”We are encouraging anyone who thinks they were in close contact to quarantine for 14 days or get tested if they become symptomatic,” Washington-Ozaukee County Health Department Director Kirsten Johnson said.State Rep. Jim Ott was among those at the fundraiser.”I’m assuming my test results are going to come back negative, but again, it’s out of an excess of caution,” he said Monday.Ott said he was never within 40 feet of Sen. Ron Johnson but is in self-quarantine until he receives his results.”If you get tested, please stay home until you get your test results because you never know if they’re going to come back negative or positive. And you certainly don’t want to accidentally expose a bunch of people,” Kirsten Johnson said.Sign up for coronavirus email alerts from WISNGet breaking news alerts with the WISN 12 app.Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

A health department official says Sen. Ron Johnson should have skipped his Oktoberfest fundraiser while awaiting the results of his coronavirus test.

Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus in Wisconsin

He remains in isolation after he tested positive.

“I’m not sick. I have no symptoms,” Johnson said. “I certainly did not anticipate testing positive.”

He attended an Oktoberfest fundraiser Friday night at the River Club of Mequon.

Attendees paid $250 for the event.

Johnson said he took the test before the event but didn’t receive his positive results after.

He already completed 14 days of quarantine after being exposed to a COVID-positive patient last month.

Johnson returned to work in Washington, D.C.

He got tested again Friday after learning Utah Sen. Mike Lee was positive for the coronavirus.

“I got into the event,” Johnson said. “Right before I spoke, sat down at a table with my chair well away from anybody else. I was at least 8 feet with my mask on. Then I got called up by (former Wisconsin Attorney General) Brad Schimel, made my remarks and then I left. That’s what happened. Personally, I don’t think anybody is in particular danger.”

Because of those actions, the Washington-Ozaukee County Health Department said it was not contact tracing the event.

“We are encouraging anyone who thinks they were in close contact to quarantine for 14 days or get tested if they become symptomatic,” Washington-Ozaukee County Health Department Director Kirsten Johnson said.

State Rep. Jim Ott was among those at the fundraiser.

“I’m assuming my test results are going to come back negative, but again, it’s out of an excess of caution,” he said Monday.

Ott said he was never within 40 feet of Sen. Ron Johnson but is in self-quarantine until he receives his results.

“If you get tested, please stay home until you get your test results because you never know if they’re going to come back negative or positive. And you certainly don’t want to accidentally expose a bunch of people,” Kirsten Johnson said.

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