Rep. Osborne tests positive for COVID-19

Rep. Joanne Osborne, R-Goodyear, and her husband, Kenneth. Photo courtesy Joanne Osborne for AZ House Facebook page

State Rep. Joanne Osborne announced on Facebook that she’s tested positive for COVID-19.

Osborne, a Goodyear Republican, owns Osborne Jewelers. She wrote that she got tested out of an “abundance of caution and concern” after employees of her business tested positive, and that she got her result back on Monday. In late June the store announced that it would remain closed through July 6.

“Unfortunately, it seems I am the last of my team to catch the chaotic COVID-19. I found out late today that I tested positive. Now, of course, we all know I’m positively wonderful!! Hahaha I just didn’t want THIS positive. I will be fine,” Osborne wrote in her Facebook post on Monday. 

Osborne wrote that she wouldn’t force others to wear a mask, but urged people to do so.

“As a state leader, business owner, mother and grandmother, I am not mandating you wear a mask, but I’m asking you as a friend to please help do your part…wear a mask, wash your hands, stay home when sick and let’s kick COVID out of here!!” she added.

On Friday, Osborne posted a meme on Facebook indicating that she was skipping Independence Day festivities on account of the coronavirus. In response to a comment asking how she and her family were feeling, she said she’d been feeling “just okay” but that her husband and another member of her family were feeling much better. 

Osborne becomes at least the second member of the legislature to test positive for the novel coronavirus. Sen. Lupe Contreras, an Avondale Democrat, and five members of his family contracted the virus in April.

Osborne previously took a COVID test on June 20 after her employees contracted the virus, House Republican spokesman Andrew Wilder told the Arizona Mirror. That test came back negative.

Osborne could not be reached for comment. 

Jeremy Duda
Associate Editor Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”