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Ralph Northam, Governor of Virginia tests positive for Covid-19



The Democratic governor has no symptoms while Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam is currently experiencing “mild symptoms,” the governor’s office said.

They will both isolate themselves for the next 10 days and the governor will continue to work from home.

The Northams were informed Wednesday that an employee working from his apartment in the governor’s villa developed Covid-19 symptoms and tested positive for the virus. The governor and first lady received PCR nasal swabs the next day and tested positive.

“As I reminded the Virginians during this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” Northam said on Friday. “The safety and health of our employees and the close ties that they maintain are of paramount importance to Pam and me. We work closely with the Department of Health to ensure that everyone is well looked after.”

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“We are grateful for your thoughts and support, but the best you can do for us – and especially for your fellow Virgins – is to take it seriously.”

The Northams are working with the State Department of Health and the Richmond Heath Department to “keep track of their close ties”.

Virginia Governor Justin Fairfax wished the Northams a speedy recovery and pledged to “ensure the continued strong leadership of Virginia at a critical time for our Commonwealth and our country.”

Northam’s positive diagnosis comes just two days after Missouri GOP governor Mike GOPson announced that he and his wife tested positive for Covid-19.
Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine had a coronavirus scare in August when he initially tested positive before welcoming President Donald Trump to Cleveland – only to test negative for the virus hours later.
In July, Republican governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma became the first US governor to announce that he had tested positive for the virus.

This story has been updated with additional background information.


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