SACRAMENTO (KNX) — Governor Gavin Newson has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced Saturday.
Newsom is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. He's also received two booster shots, the second one in just the last two weeks (May 18). In a tweet, Newsom said he is experiencing mild symptoms.
While California’s overall 7-day COVID positivity rate is 7%, in Sacramento County where the governor lives, it hit 10.4% Friday.
The Governor will continue to work remotely and remain in isolation at least through June 2 or until he tests negative, his office said.
Newsom said he's thankful for a treatment he's been prescribed: Paxlovid, an antiviral medication. His office said he started the 5-day regimen this weekend to treat the virus. Researchers estimate that the medicine reduces severe disease and death by 90%.
Friday, the California governor was on hand as top officials from the Golden State and New Zealand signed a pledge to help fight climate change by sharing ideas and best practices. Newsom's office said it had notified New Zealand leaders of Newsom's positive test.
It's unclear how the governor contracted the virus. None of his family members tested positive.