Molly Gray tests positive for Covid days after White House meeting with Kamala Harris

Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray attended a meeting Tuesday with Vice President Kamala Harris and other lieutenant governors. White House photo by Lawrence Jackson

Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray has tested positive for Covid-19.

Gray, who is running for Vermont’s only seat in the U.S. House, announced on Twitter that she tested positive for the virus on Thursday morning. She is vaccinated and boosted, she said, and is in quarantine at home.

Grey visited the White House earlier this week to meet with Vice President Kamala Harris and other Lieutenant Governors from across the country. Photos of the meetings show Gray and others without masks.

Gray also chaired the Vermont Senate on Wednesday in Montpellier and hosted Champlain College students in its Statehouse office. She wore a mask in the Senate Chamber, and photos from the meeting show her in that setting as well. Andrew Gillespie, her chief of staff, told VTDigger that “there were times in her office where she took off her mask” on Wednesday.

The Legislature again this week relaxed its mask-wearing rules, making face coverings optional instead of mandatory in most areas of the Statehouse, with some exceptions.

Gillespie told VTDigger Thursday morning that Gray was experiencing mild cold symptoms.

Gray did not meet with members of the Vermont congressional delegation while she was in DC in her capacity as lieutenant governor, Gillespie said.

In a copy of Gray’s schedule for the past week provided by Gillespie, Gray is shown to have been out of office on Monday, meeting in DC all day Tuesday and presiding over the Senate and meeting with students on Wednesday.

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Sarah Merhoff

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Sarah Mearhoff is one of VTDigger’s political reporters, covering the Vermont State House, Executive Branch, and Congressional delegation. Prior to joining Digger, she covered state politics in Minnesota and South Dakota for Forum Communications newspapers in the Upper Midwest for three years. She has also covered politics in Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she is a proud alumnus of Pennsylvania State University where she studied journalism.

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