House Speaker Philip Gunn tests positive for COVID-19

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House Speaker Philip Gunn says he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Gunn said in a video posted to Facebook that he got tested because he had been in close proximity to another member of the House who tested positive.

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Gunn, a Republican from the Jackson suburb of Clinton, is the state’s highest ranking political figure to publically disclose a positive test for the virus.

In recent weeks, he has been intimately involved in discussions over changing the state’s flag to get rid of the Confederate battle emblem.

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