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Spokesperson: Gov. Laura Kelly will not need to be tested for the coronavirus

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly wears an axe pin on her lapel to symbolize her plan to eliminate the state’s 6.5% sales tax on groceries during a news conference, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, in the produce section of a Dillons grocery in Topeka, Kan. Kelly is in a strong enough position financially to be able to provide the tax relief. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

This story has been updated to reflect a new comment from Governor Laura Kelly’s office.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP/KSNW) — A spokesperson for Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said the governor does not need to take a coronavirus test after she was at an event where someone else later tested positive for the virus.

Earlier Wednesday, Kelly spokesperson Sam Coleman said Kelly decided to take the test after learning that Rep. John Alcala of Topeka tested positive. Alcala was at a Monday news conference with her at a grocery store.

But Wednesday afternoon, a spokesperson released this statement: “Today, the Governor received medical guidance that because she remains symptomless and was not in close contact with Rep. Alcala at Monday’s event, she will not be tested for COVID-19.”

Kelly held Monday’s event to outline a proposal for eliminating the state’s sales tax on food. Kelly was masked during most of the event and when she was interacting with others.

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