Coronavirus: 2 staff members at California state capitol test positive for COVID-19

Two people who work in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office at the California state capitol tested positive for COVID-19, but Newsom had not been exposed to either, the governor said Wednesday afternoon.

One person is an intern, and the other is a staff member in an agency office, Newsom said. The contact-tracing process, led by the Department of Public Health, is under way and the appropriate people have been isolated, he said.

Newsom called the infections “just another reminder of how easily transmitted this disease is,” and said his office was attempting to lead by example in its response.

“We’re … making sure everybody is appropriately tested and anyone that has been in direct contact also goes through the protocols and procedures that we put out, so that we are not just preaching, but practicing what we preach,” Newsom said during a virtual briefing Wednesday. “We’re doing this by the book, utilizing the protocols we believe should be advanced across the spectrum — private, not just public sector — health-led contact tracing methodology.”

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The governor himself hasn’t received a test for about three weeks, though there is no indication that he has been exposed.

Newsom said he was last tested — negative — prior to his meeting with President Donald Trump during the wildfires last month. He received “multiple” tests in the lead up to that visit, he said, including an apparent rapid-result test an hour prior to the meeting.

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“All negative,” Newsom said.

The governor’s office has been operating with fewer people working in-person that prior to the pandemic, Newsom said, which reduces the chances of a widespread outbreak.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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