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Despite vaccination, North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong contracts COVID-19

Rep. Kelly Armstrong, who said he was vaccinated for COVID-19 in January, is self-isolating in North Dakota.

U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong speaks to students at West Fargo Sheyenne High School on Thursday, April 1, 2021. David Samson / The Forum

BISMARCK — North Dakota Rep. Kelly Armstrong has contracted COVID-19, the congressman announced via Twitter Sunday, Sept. 26.

Armstrong, who stated he had received the COVID-19 vaccine in January, said he opted to get tested for the virus after experiencing mild symptoms.

Amstrong reported that he is in North Dakota and "taking all precautions" to recover. He said his doctor advised him to quarantine for 10 days.

Because he is stuck in North Dakota, Armstrong said he plans to vote by proxy, saying upcoming votes "are simply too important to miss".


Armstrong concluded by thanking his family, staff, health care providers and colleagues in Congress for their assistance during his illness.

To date, 129,472 COVID-19 cases have been reported in North Dakota, while 1,604 North Dakotans have died from the illness. 54.8% of North Dakotans have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Thomas Evanella is a reporter for The Forum. He's worked for The Forum for over three years, primarily reporting on business news. He's also the host of the InForum Business Beat podcast, which can be streamed at InForum.com/podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Reach him at tevanella@forumcomm.com or by calling 701-241-5518. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEvanella.
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