<img class="aligncenter wp-image-39146 size-full" src="https:\/\/theenterprise.net\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/23\/2020\/09\/Northam-1.jpg" alt="" width="1200" height="800" \/>\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nGov. Ralph Northam and his wife, Pamela Northam, were notified on Sept. 23 that a member of Northam\u2019s official residence staff, who works closely within the couple\u2019s living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.\r\n\r\nBoth received PCR nasal swab tests, and both subsequently tested positive.\r\n\r\nNortham is experiencing no symptoms. His wife is experiencing mild symptoms. Both remain in good spirits, according to a release from his office.\r\n\r\nConsistent 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.\r\n\r\n\u201cAs I\u2019ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,\u201d said Gov. Northam. \u201cThe 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\u2014and most importantly, for your fellow Virginians\u2014is to take this seriously.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Northams are working closely with VDH and the Richmond Health Department to trace their close contacts. The work of the Governor\u2019s office continues remotely and uninterrupted.