Va. Governor, First Lady test positive for COVID-19
RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam have tested positive for COVID-19, state officials say.
We’re told the Governor and First Lady were notified Wednesday evening that a member of the Governor’s official residence staff, who works closely within the couple’s living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for the virus. Both were tested Thursday afternoon and received positive results.
Officials say the governor is not currently experiencing any symptoms, while Pamela is experiencing mild symptoms.
Consistent with public health guidelines, both will isolate for the next ten days and evaluate their symptoms. Both are also working closely with the Virginia Department of Health and the Richmond Health Department to trace their close contacts.
“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious. The safety and health of our staff and close contacts is of utmost importance to Pam and me, and we are working closely with the Department of Health to ensure that everyone is well taken care of. We are grateful for your thoughts and support, but the best thing you can do for us—and most importantly, for your fellow Virginians—is to take this seriously,” said Governor Northam in a statement.