Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife, Pamela Northam, were notified on Sept. 23 that a member of Northam’s official residence staff, who works closely within the couple’s living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.
Both received PCR nasal swab tests, and both subsequently tested positive.
Northam is experiencing no symptoms. His wife is experiencing mild symptoms. Both remain in good spirits, according to a release from his office.
Consistent with guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Northams will isolate for the next 10 days and evaluate their symptoms. Gov. Northam is in constant contact with his cabinet and staff, and will fulfill his duties from the Executive Mansion, the release stated.
“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” said Gov. Northam. “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 are working closely with VDH and the Richmond Health Department to trace their close contacts. The work of the Governor’s office continues remotely and uninterrupted.