California Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that he has tested positive for Covid-19, despite being double-vaccinated and boosted. A statement from his office said he was showing only mild symptoms and would start taking Paxlovid to fight the virus.
The news comes as the number of infections in the state has risen sharply in recent weeks, with the governor even trying to focus on global climate leadership, gun control, rent relief and water conservation initiatives.
Here is the announcement from the News Office today:
This morning, the governor tested positive for COVID-19 after showing mild symptoms. The governor will continue to work from a distance. According to local and state health guidelines, Governor Newsom will be isolated at least until Thursday, June 2, and until he has a negative test.
As described in the California Smart Plan, which focuses on testing and treatment, the governor will test before leaving isolation. The governor also received a prescription for Paxlovid, an antiviral that has been shown to be effective against COVID-19 and will begin its 5-day course immediately. Governor Newsom vaccinated and received two booster shots, most recently on 18 May.