Gov. Newsom tests positive for COVID-19

Gov. Newsom tests positive for COVID-19

The office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday night that he tested positive for COVID-19.

According to FOX 2 Oakland, the governor is experiencing mild symptoms, but further details on his condition were not immediately available.

However, it was noted that his wife tested negative for the virus. In accordance with the current California Department of Public Health guidelines, which recommend at least five days of self-isolation, the governor will work remotely.

CDPH says isolation can end after the fifth day with a combination of a negative test and no symptoms, though masks are required in indoor settings for 10 days.

This is not the first time that Newsom has tested positive for COVID-19, as he also contracted the virus last May.

His diagnosis comes just days after he returned from a personal trip to Mexico’s Baja California, a decision that was met with criticism as many Californians were dealing with the impact of historic winter storms that first arrived on February 21.

As of Thursday morning, over 12,000 residents were still without power, mostly in Nevada County.

Despite his diagnosis, Newsom is still planning to participate in a virtual news conference with California Attorney General Rob Bonta on Thursday, and his State of the State tour is scheduled to begin on Monday, according to California media outlets. Newsom ended California’s COVID-19 State of Emergency on February 28, nearly three years after the proclamation was issued.

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