Kentucky State Senator Tests Positive for Coronavirus

KENTUCKY — A Kentucky state senator has tested positive for coronavirus.

What You Need To Know

  • State Sen. Max Wise tests positive for COVID-19
  • Remains in quarantine, but feels fine now
  • Wife Heather also tested, came back negative
  • Wise will attend committee meetings remotely

Sen. Max Wise (R-16) made the announcement on Twitter yesterday, attaching an official release that says his symptoms began last Thursday.

Sen. Max Wise represents Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, Wayne counties.


After his symptoms began, the release says Wise then contacted his local health care provider and received two tests Friday morning, both coming back positive. 

“I am thankful I am one of the lucky ones who has not had to deal with the hardships that others have faced upon being diagnosed,” said Wise.

Since his tests and diagnosis, Wise said he feels fine and isn’t experiencing symptoms; however, he is continuing to isolate until he’s cleared by the local health department. His wife Heather, who is a pediatric dentist, also received two tests which came back negative. She has been cleared to return to work while using the proper Personal Protective Equipment.

In the release, Wise thanked healthcare workers and first responders.

“Our healthcare workers and first responders who are on the front lines every day are true patriots in providing care for others who are much worse off than I am,” said Wise. “For that, we owe them a debt of gratitude.”

While he isolates, Wise will attend committee meetings remotely.