NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Wednesday that he is in quarantine after a member of his security detail tested positive for the coronavirus.

The governor’s office released a statement saying the Republican had tested negative but he would be in quarantine with first lady Maria Lee.

“Today, a member of the governor’s executive security detail has tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement read. “Gov. Lee is feeling well and has tested negative for COVID-19 but out of an abundance of caution, he is quarantining at home with the first lady until further notice.”

No other information about the exposure was immediately available.

Along with announcing he’s in quarantine, Lee canceled Wednesday’s in-person COVID-19 briefing. Instead, Lee and Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey will hold a telephone conference call to provide further updates.

Lee has encouraged the public to wear masks and maintain their social distance in order to protect themselves from the virus.

However, he has also resisted calls to implement a statewide mask mandate. Most recently, he lifted all virus-related limits on businesses and social gatherings for most of the state even though cases of COVID-19 in the state have been persistently high.

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