Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for COVID-19

Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for COVID-19
Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) at a coronavirus press briefing. (Photo/Jack Mayer/Office of the Governor)

By Missy Schrott |

Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife, Pamela, have both tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Sept. 25 news release from the governor’s office.

The couple received nasal swab tests yesterday afternoon after learning Wednesday that a member of governor’s official residence staff, who works in the Northams’ home, had tested positive. The governor is exhibiting no symptoms, while the first lady is experiencing mild symptoms, according to the release.

The couple plans to isolate for the next 10 days, and Northam plans to fulfill his duties from home, according to the release.

“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” Northam said in a statement. “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.”

The Northams are working with the Virginia Department of Health and Richmond Health Department to trace those with whom they’ve come in contact. The governor’s Executive Mansion and Patrick Henry office building will be closed for deep cleaning this morning, and the work of the governor’s office will continue uninterrupted, according to the release.

Read the full news release here