Adkins will take COVID test after supporter tests positive

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Amanda Adkins, the new Republican nominee in Kansas' 3rd District, will be tested for the coronavirus after a supporter who attended a campaign party tested positive for COVID-19, the campaign announced.

The campaign was informed of the positive test on Friday. The supporter attended Adkins' victory party Tuesday at an Overland Park restaurant, campaign manager Matt Patterson said.

Adkins, of Overland Park, will take the test within five days and self-quarantine for 14 days “out of an abundance of caution,” Patterson said. She will take another test after her quarantine, The Kansas City Star reported.

Patterson insisted that Adkins wore a mask for most of the evening at her party but reporters for the Star and Shawnee Mission Post said they did not see the candidate with a mask on.

“She was (wearing a mask) the majority of the time. When she was giving her speech, she took it off,” Patterson said.

Patterson did not respond to questions about whether Adkins had close contact with the infected person.

Adkins will take on incumbent Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids in November's general election.