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Governor Northam credits masks for protecting staff from COVID-19

Posted at 8:53 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 20:53:42-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- In his first news conference since he and his wife contracted COVID-19, Governor Ralph Northam credited masks for protecting his staff.

The Northams tested positive for coronavirus last month after someone who works in the Governor's Mansion tested positive for the virus. While the two quarantined for a couple of weeks, 65 other staff members were also tested for COVID-19 and they all came back negative.

"We wear our masks in the office. My press secretary and official photographer and security detail traveled with me for several hours at a time the week that Pam and I were diagnosed, and we wear our masks in the car, on the plane and thankfully none of them got sick," said Northam.

The Governor said that he and the First Lady's cases were mild but that they haven't had symptoms for several days now. They've both been cleared by health officials to leave isolation and return back to work.

In his press conference, Northam also thanked Virginians for the well wishes and the local health officials who arranged testing for all who had been exposed.