Virginia governor, first lady test positive for COVID-19

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FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2019 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a news conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A law firm has completed its investigation into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Northam. Eastern Virginia Medical School said in a statement Tuesday, May 21 that the findings of the investigation will be announced at a press conference on Wednesday, May 22. Northam’s profile in the 1984 yearbook includes a photo of a man in blackface standing next to someone in Ku Klux Klan clothing. Northam denies being in the photo, which nearly ended his political career in February. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

VIRGINIA (WDVM) — Gov. Ralph Northam and first lady Pamela Northam have tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor said he was notified that a member of his staff who works closely in the couple’s home had tested positive. Both the governor and his wife were tested Thursday afternoon. The positive results were released Friday morning.

A press release said the first lady is experiencing mild symptoms while her husband is asymptomatic.

They will isolate for the next 10 days while evaluating their symptoms. Gov. Northam will continue to work from the Executive Mansion.

“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” he said in a press release. “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 Executive Mansion and Patrick Henry office building will be closed for deep cleaning Friday morning.

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