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Governor Northam, First Lady test positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 9:53 AM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 16:23:19-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Governor's Office.

The governor, according to his office, is not experiencing symptoms. Pam Northam has mild symptoms.

“COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” Governor Northam said in an emailed statement. “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 Northams tested positive after they learned someone who works in the Governor's mansion tested positive for the virus.

Both Governor Northam and the First Lady will isolate for the next 10 days and plans to work in isolation from the Executive Mansion.

Both the Executive Mansion and Patrick Henry office building will be closed for deep cleaning this morning.

This is a developing story.