Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth tests positive for COVID-19

Posted: Oct 21, 2020 / 04:37 PM CDT Updated: Oct 21, 2020 / 06:03 PM CDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said Wednesday afternoon.

Ainsworth said he doesn’t know where he contracted the coronavirus, but he got tested Wednesday after learning a member of his Sunday school group had tested positive.

“Because I follow social distancing rules and wear a mask both in church and in my daily interactions, the positive result shows that even those of us who are the most cautious can be at risk,” Ainsworth said in a statement.

Ainsworth said he has not had any symptoms but will quarantine at home in Guntersville and have follow-up tests before resuming any public activities. He also said his wife and children have tested negative. One member of his staff is isolating.

Ainsworth said no one in state government has been exposed, but he said he had been scheduled for an event Friday with Gov. Kay Ivey prior to his diagnosis.