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Corman tests positive for COVID-19, cancels 'special announcement' where he was expected to launch a run for Pennsylvania governor

Jake Corman
Matt Rourke/AP
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2021 file photo, state senator Jake Corman, R-Centre, speaks during a Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee hearing at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Corman, the ranking Republican in Pennsylvania's state Senate who is widely expected to run for governor, had invited donors and others to an announcement Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. The event was billed as a "special announcement" in Corman's hometown of Bellefonte, Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jake Corman, the ranking Republican in Pennsylvania’s state Senate, has tested positive for COVID-19, a day before he was expected to announce his candidacy for governor.

The Senate Republican communications office said in a brief statement Wednesday that Corman tested positive despite being fully vaccinated. It said Corman’s symptoms are mild.

A campaign official says Thursday night’s event, billed as a “special announcement” in Corman’s hometown of Bellefonte, is canceled.

The 57-year-old Corman represents a swath of central Pennsylvania surrounding Penn State’s main campus. He's served in the state Senate since 1999, after taking over the seat his father held.

The Associated Press