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Immediate family members of Lt. Cox’s running mate Deidre Henderson test positive for COVID-19

Utah State Senator and Lt. Cox's running mate, Diedre Henderson. Photo credit: Diedre Henderson

SALT LAKE CITY– Deidre Henderson, a Utah State Senator and running mate to Lt. Governor Spencer Cox says two of her immediate family members have tested positive for COVID-19.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Henderson said she is showing COVID-19 symptoms and is presumed to be positive. However, she won’t know for sure until her test results are finished. 


Henderson tweeted that she has been contacted by the Utah Department of Health and is following strict quarantine guidelines. 

“While I know people will have more questions, I’ll be resting this weekend and ask for privacy as I work to recover from this virus and take care of my family,” Henderson wrote in a statement. 

It’s unknown if Henderson has been in contact with Republican gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Cox. Lt. Cox won Utah’s Republican governor’s primary election against former Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr. 

Henderson was selected by Lt. Cox as his gubernatorial running mate in March 2020. 

How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus is transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A

Utah’s Coronavirus Information

UtahState Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States