WA Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz tests positive for COVID-19

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, announced via social media that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantined as a result.

Franz, who is tasked with managing the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), says she received the result through an at-home test and will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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“I am thankful to be fully vaccinated, boosted and experiencing only mild symptoms,” Franz said in a tweet on Sunday afternoon. “I encourage everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and test regularly.”

Franz is responsible for managing 6 million acres of public land and its wildlife ranging from the vast woodlands of the Pacific Northwest to the Pacific coast along the western border of the state.

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Since taking public office in 2014, Franz has secured over $500 million worth of investments from the Washington state legislature to restore woodlands and combat the wildfires that ravage the state each summer.

According to the DNR’s website, Franz is a third-generation agriculturalist who has raised her children on a farm. She received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Massachusetts and her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University Law School in Boston.

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