Gov. Northam is asymptomatic; First Lady Pam has "mild symptoms."
Friday morning, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that he and his wife First Lady Pamela Northam have tested positive for COVID-19. They were made aware on Wednesday that a staff member “who works closely within the couple’s living quarters” was showing symptoms and had tested positive. Thursday, the couple took nasal swab tests and showed positive results themselves. Currently, the governor is asymptomatic while his wife, Pam, is showing "mild symptoms."
“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious," Northam said. "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 adhering to the Virginia Department of Health guidelines to self-quarantine for 10 days. The governor will be working from the Executive Mansion as they assess any close contact they may have had with others. In the past week, the governor's travels included a brief visit to Hampton Roads on Tuesday morning before he and his wife made five stops at schools in Northern Virginia.
Northam's administration has said the couple remains "in good spirits" and that the governor is staying in touch with his staff.
Additionally, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax made a statement saying, "I will continue to work closely with the Governor and Administration officials to ensure Virginia’s sustained strong leadership at a critical time for our Commonwealth and country.” He will be in Richmond on Friday to preside over the Senate.