Staff Report —
Gov. Ralph Northam and First Lady Pam Northam have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Northams on Wednesday evening were notified that a member of the governor’s official residence staff, who works closely in the Northams’ living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release.
Both Northams were tested Thursday afternoon with PCR nasal swab tests. Both tested positive.
Gov. Northam is experiencing no symptoms. Pam Northam currently is experiencing mild symptoms. Both remain in good spirits, according to the release.
Consistent with guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health, the Northams will isolate for the next 10 days and evaluate their symptoms.
The governor is in constant contact with his cabinet and staff and will fulfill his duties from the Executive Mansion, according to the release.
“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” Northam said, adding, “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 governor and first lady are working closely with VDH and the Richmond Heath Department to trace their close contacts.
Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax issued a statement Friday, saying, “I am certain that Ralph and Pam will have a speedy recovery, and the Fairfax family will keep them in our prayers. My thoughts are also with all of the governor’s staff and friends.”
Fairfax said he would be in Richmond Friday to reside over the senate when it reconvened in the afternoon.
“I will continue to work closely with the governor and administration officials to ensure Virginia’s sustained strong leadership at a critical time for our Commonwealth and country,” he said.
The executive mansion and Patrick Henry office building were closed for deep cleaning Friday morning.
The work of the governor’s office continues remotely and uninterrupted, according to the release.