Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, Nov. 29. He suffered what he called “flu-like symptoms,” is feeling better, and is expecting to return to work on Thursday, Dec. 10. His wife, Penny, is presumptive positive, and Murphy said that she has been a couple days behind him in symptoms.
“I was up north before Thanksgiving and started feeling crappy,” Murphy said. “But I chalked it up to the flu.”
Murphy said he felt achy and had light, flu-like symptoms for four or five days. It wasn’t until he couldn’t smell or taste his food on the Sunday after Thanksgiving that he got tested and began quarantining.
As one of the sheriffs in Michigan who refused to enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order on masks as “unconstitutional,” Murphy understands the irony in his diagnosis.
“I really don’t get the public interest in (my COVID-19 diagnosis),” he said. “But it’s true that I was outspoken on the governor’s orders.”
Despite not enforcing the Executive Order, Murphy said that both he and his wife have been “cautious.”
“We’ve limited ourselves,” Murphy said, “and we wear masks when we are out of the house.”
Murphy is not the only high-profile Livingston County politician to test positive for COVID-19. State Rep. Ann Bollin tested positive, as was first reported on Nov. 12 by Lansing media outlets, and then by the LivPo and WHMI. While we reached out to her for information on her health status, as well as the date on which she tested positive, she’s not responded.