Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and first lady Pamela Northam have both tested positive for COVID-19.
The Northams were notified of their positive tests on Wednesday after a staff member who “works closely within the couple’s living quarters” tested positive for the highly contagious disease earlier this week, according to a statement shared by Fox 5’s Jim Lokay on Friday.
“Both the Governor and First Lady received PCR nasal swab tests yesterday afternoon, and both tested positive,” the statement said. “Governor Northam is experiencing no symptoms. First Lady Pamela Northam is currently experiencing mild symptoms. Both remain in good spirits.”
The couple will isolate for the next 10 days in accordance with guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health.
Northam said he appreciated the well wishes from Virginians and urged residents to heed safety measures that could protect them from contracting the coronavirus.
“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” the Democrat said. “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.”
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