Gov. Northam provides health update from home while recovering from COVID-19 with his wife


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC/WFXR) — Gov. Ralph Northam sat on the couch with his dog Pearl and provided a video update on he and his wife’s coronavirus cases on Monday.

The governor says First Lady Pam Northam took the video, which he shared on social media on Monday, Sept. 28. The video addressed their current health, as well as what the Commonwealth has been working on recently.

The Northams both took COVID-19 tests on Thursday, Sept. 24, after learning a staff member with whom they had been in close contact tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Officials announced Friday, Sept. 25, that both the governor and first lady’s tests came back positive.

In his video on Monday, the governor said that they are both “on the mend” and feeling better. He also thanked everyone for the well wishes and prayers they received.

Northam says they are concerned for their staff and their families. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has been working to conduct contact tracing to find any additional cases.

Despite being home with the virus, the governor says he has continued to work on state matters, including cabinet meetings and budget discussions with the House of Delegates and the Senate. He says that work on police and criminal justice reform has continued, as well.

In addition, Northam also used the video to remind Virginians how serious the pandemic is.

“This is a reminder that this virus is still out there,” Northam said. “I want you all to remain vigilant, continue to wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands.”

At the end of the video, Northam encouraged Virginians to vote between now and Nov. 3.

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