Governor Newsom in isolation, tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a statement from his press office, Governor Gavin Newsom tested positive for COVID-19 this weekend after exhibiting mild symptoms. “The governor will continue to work remotely. In accordance with local and state health guidelines, Governor Newsom will remain in isolation at least through Thursday, June 2 and until he tests negative,” according to Newsom’s office. According to reports from his office, Governor Newsom has received a prescription for the antiviral medication Paxlovid, and will begin the five-day regiment immediately.
Governor Newsom is vaccinated and has received two booster shots, most recently in May - according to reports, his positive test comes just a day after he had an audience with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and the governor’s office has been in contact with the prime minister’s delegation since. Ardern herself tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, according to multiple news sources.
According to the most recent figures, California currently has a COVID-19 case rate of 30.8 new cases per 100,000, with a 7% test positivity rate. The state averages nine COVID-19-related deaths daily.