Julie Blaha, Minnesota's first-term DFL state auditor, has tested positive for COVID-19.
She is experiencing mild symptoms and has started a five-day quarantine following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, according to a tweet from her office on Tuesday.
Blaha, who is running for a second term this fall, will have to miss the state DFL Party's endorsing convention in Rochester on Saturday. She is not facing a challenger within her own party. Republicans endorsed attorney Ryan Wilson to challenge Blaha at their state convention last weekend.
COVID cases are on the rise in Minnesota as the fast-spreading BA.2.12.1 variant of the virus continues to surge through the population, but hospitals are reporting mostly mild infections.