California Governor Gavin Newsom tests positive for COVID-19

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Governor Gavin Newsom tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, a day after a high-level meeting with the visiting New Zealand Prime Minister.

Newsom has mild symptoms and will remain in isolation until at least Thursday and until he tests negative, his office said in a statement. The Democratic governor plans to work remotely during this time.

His office said Newsom, 54, will start a five-day regimen of the antiviral drug Paxlovid.

The governor’s office said it briefed New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s delegation. The two leaders met Friday at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to announce a partnership on climate change. Ardern tested positive for the virus earlier in May.

The governor’s office said it did not know how Newsom contracted the virus. He is vaccinated and received his second booster shot this month.

Other public officials have recently announced that they have tested positive for the virus, including Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Wednesday and Vice President Kamala Harris last month.

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