Northam COVID-19 update: Experienced 'mild cold-like symptoms'

Posted at 12:22 PM, Oct 05, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. -- In a video message, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam gave a health update Monday morning as he continues to battle COVID-19.

Northam says he developed some "mild cold-like symptoms and lost his sense of smell" over the weekend. Despite the symptoms, the governor says he and the First Lady continue to make good progress.

"But otherwise we were doing well and staying in good spirits really want to thank everybody across Virginia for your well wishes and prayers. It does great to keep us in good spirits," said Northam.

The Northams tested positive on September 24, after they learned someone who works in the Governor's mansion tested positive for the virus.

In the video, alongside his dog, Pearl, Northam also shared an update on what he and state leaders have been working on recently.

"I continue to work daily now with our leadership in both the House and the Senate, making good progress on our COVID-19 response, criminal justice reform and putting the final touches on a budget that's going to be great for all Virginians," said Northam.

The governor also reminded Virginians that the virus is still out there and precautions must be taken.

"I know that this is a very stressful time for all Virginians. So I encourage you to continue to wear your mask. Continue to to wash your hands, keep your social distance and most importantly, take care of yourselves. Take care of your family, your loved ones and your friends. We're gonna get through this together," he added.