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Gov. Northam, wife test positive for COVID-19

26 September 2020 State News Covid19 News


By Associated Press/Published Sept. 25,2020 9:47 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that he and his wife have both tested positive for the coronavirus, though he said he is showing no symptoms.

He’s among four governors around the country who have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, but one of the others turned out to be a false positive.

Northam and his wife, who has mild symptoms, plan to isolate for the next 10 days, and the governor will fulfill his duties while working remotely, according to a statement from his office.

Both the governor and first lady Pam Northam have kept a full schedule recently. On Tuesday, the governor made public appearances at events in Hampton and Fairfax, while the first lady went on several “back to school” tours. The governor and his wife are working with state and local health officials to trace their close contacts, Northam’s office said.

The governor and first lady were notified Wednesday that a member of the Executive Mansion staff developed COVID-19 symptoms and that the staff member’s virus test came back positive. The staff member worked in the couple’s living quarters.

The Executive Mansion and a nearby state office building were closed Friday morning for a deep cleaning.

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