Rep. Andrew Koenig, Critic of Pandemic Restrictions, Has COVID-19

Missouri Sen. Andrew Koenig has tested positive for COVID-19, just days after sponsoring legislation that aims to strip local health authorities of the power to impose rules designed to slow the spread of the virus.

The Republican lawmaker confirmed in a text message to Riverfront Times columnist Ray Hartmann that he has tested positive but said he is doing OK.

Koenig, who represents a swath of southwest St. Louis County, is among a group of Republicans who have been outspoken critics of restrictions imposed by county health officials on businesses and individuals.

“Shutting down our economy won’t eradicate the virus,” Koenig was quoted as saying in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story about a package of bills designed to loosen pandemic restrictions. “It’s my choice if I want to risk getting COVID. No one is forcing anybody to stay home.”

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