California Governor Gavin Newsom tests positive for Covid-19

By Devan Cole, CNN

California Governor Gavin Newsom has tested positive for Covid-19 and is taking antiviral medication, his office said Saturday.

“This morning the Governor tested positive for Covid-19 after exhibiting mild symptoms. The governor will continue to work remotely,” the Democrat’s office said in a statement, noting that he will be isolated until at least June 2.

“The Governor has also received a prescription for Paxlovid, the antiviral that has been shown to be effective against COVID-19, and will begin his 5-day regimen immediately,” the statement read. Newsom, 54, is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and has received two boosters, according to his office.

Paxlovid, made by Pfizer, is a combination of two antiviral drugs. It has been shown to be extremely effective in preventing mild cases of Covid from becoming more serious or even fatal.

The US Food and Drug Administration cleared it for emergency use in December, after a clinical trial found a five-day course reduced the risk of being hospitalized or dying by 88% in unvaccinated people at high risk of serious consequences from a Covid-19 infection.

Last September, two of Newsom’s four children tested positive for Covid-19, but the governor, his wife and their two other children tested negative for the virus at the time.

The governor is among a slew of high-profile politicians who have tested positive for the virus this year, including Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and West Virginia Governor Jim Justice.

Last year, Newsom rebuffed an effort to recall him from office before his term ended that arose out of frustration over his response to the pandemic and the state’s tough Covid-19 measures. Newsom is seeking a second term this fall.

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CNN’s Alexandra Meeks and Brenda Goodman contributed to this report.