UPDATED: House speaker reveals July COVID-19 diagnosis


(Updated to include reaction from governor; new response from the speaker)

House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. on Thursday revealed that he had been diagnosed and hospitalized last month with COVID-19.

In a letter first reported by the Sunflower State Journal, Ryckman told House Republicans about the diagnosis.

"Some of us have friends and family who have tested positive over the course of this pandemic, while others have yet to personally know someone affected by the infection.

"I want you to hear from me that I was among those to test positive for COVID. I was hospitalized, have followed doctor . . .


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