Gov. Gavin Newsom tests positive for COVID-19

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SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office confirmed Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19 in the morning after exhibiting mild symptoms.

“The governor will continue to work remotely,” the governor’s office said in a statement, adding that he will “remain in isolation at least through Thursday, June 2 and until he tests negative,” in accordance with local and state health guidelines.

“This AM, I tested positive for COVID-19 and am currently experiencing mild symptoms,” Newsom posted Saturday on Twitter. “I’m following health guidelines and will be isolating while I work remotely.”

The statement said Newsom will test prior to leaving isolation, as outlined in the state’s SMARTER Plan for transitioning into an endemic stage of managing COVID-19, which focuses on testing and treatment.

The governor also has received a prescription for Paxlovid, Pfizer’s antiviral drug that has been proven effective against COVID-19, and will begin the 5-day regimen of pills immediately.

Newsom is vaccinated and received his second booster shot May 18. But the governor’s office said vaccinations and boosters remain the best protection from COVID-19.

“Grateful to be vaccinated & for treatments like Paxlovid,” Newsom tweeted.