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Northam shares health update after positive COVID-19 test

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Posted at 12:59 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 17:54:14-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam shared a health update Monday morning, days after he and the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19.

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

"Pam and I as well as other staff members on Thursday were tested and we both came up positive," said Northam in a video message Monday.

"Just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you across Virginia and this country for the well wishes and prayers. We certainly appreciate that. And that's making us feel better," said Northam.

In the video from his couch, Northam updated his condition saying he and the First Lady are on the mend, feel good, and are in good spirits. Friday, the Governor's Office said Northam was not experiencing symptoms and Pam Northam had mild symptoms.

The governor also expressed concern for his staff and their families.

"I wanted to thank the Department of Health. We obviously are very concerned about our staff, and contacts and their families. And we have reached out with testing and tracing and, and hopefully we'll be able to keep everybody healthy and safe," said Northam.

He said his positive test is a reminder that the virus is still out there and precautions must be taken.

"We want you all to remain vigilant, continue to wear your mask. Keep your distance, wash your hands," said Northam.

Northam also shared an update on what he and state leaders have been working on recently.

"We continue to work on the business of Virginia... We're working with our money leaders in both the House and Senate. And we're going to have a great budget for Virginia that takes care of all Virginia. We also are working with police reform and criminal justice reform and that's moving along," Northam added.