Saturday, December 9, 2023

Northam, first lady test positive for the coronavirus

(WYDaily file/Associated Press photo)
Gov. Ralph Northam and Virginia First Lady Pam Northam. (WYDaily file/Associated Press photo)

Gov. Ralph Northam and Virginia First Lady Pam Northam tested positive for the coronavirus Thursday, according to the governor’s office.

Both received PCR nasal swab tests Thursday afternoon – the governor and first lady were notified Wednesday night that a member of the governor’s official residence staff, who works closely within the couple’s living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor is experiencing no symptoms; the first lady is currently experiencing mild symptoms. Both remain in good spirits, according to the governor’s office.

Consistent with guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health, the couple will isolate for the next 10 days and evaluate their symptoms. The governor is in constant contact with his cabinet and staff and will fulfill his duties from the Executive Mansion.

“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” Northam said in a prepared statement. “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 governor and first lady are working closely with VDH and the Richmond Heath Department to trace their close contacts.

The Executive Mansion and Patrick Henry office building will be closed for deep cleaning Friday morning. The work of the governor’s office continues remotely and uninterrupted, according to his office.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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