Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, first lady both test positive for coronavirus


Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam listens as he prepares to speak to a group of volunteers to distribute supplies at health equity community event Tuesday May 12, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam are positive for coronavirus, his office announced Friday morning.

The governor’s office said a member of his staff exhibited symptoms Wednesday and subsequently tested positive on Wednesday. The governor and first lady were tested Thursday.

Gov. Northam is not experiencing symptoms, though the first lady is currently experiencing mild symptoms. Both will isolate for the next 10 days. Gov. Northam is in constant contact with his cabinet and staff, his office says, and is fulfilling his duties from the governor’s mansion in Richmond.

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