Sen. Jim Smallwood, a Parker Republican, announced Monday he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Smallwood is the second Colorado lawmaker to test positive for a coronavirus.
House Democrats announced Monday afternoon that Michaelson Jenet tested positive for a different coronavirus, not COVID-19. The positive report made on March 19 was attributed to a misreading of results.
Smallwood tested positive in Carlsbad, Calif., on March 22. He has been at a second home in Carlsbad since March 14, where he had joined his family for spring break.
"I feel fine," Smallwood told Colorado Politics.
He said he had a fever and chills on Monday and Tuesday of last week, and a family member who is a nurse encouraged him to get tested. "Out of an abundance of caution I got tested, not thinking I would be positive" since the symptoms were mild.
After Tuesday night, he felt like he was back to normal. "It was surprising to me to get a call saying the test was positive."