Just days after President Donald Trump and dozens of officials close to him tested positive for coronavirus, Governor Gavin Newsom revealed on Wednesday that two staffers in his office have been infected.
Those infected were an intern and a staffer at one of the state’s agencies. He promised to
“Both individuals not working directly our office but in the governor’s office,” said Newsom, but in his extended staff in the capitol. He then said that they had both been isolated and state health officials were engaged in contact tracing, “by the book.”
Newsom said he did not know if there were more people self-isolating.
Newsom said as part of the contact tracing, the state department of health is “working to make sure everybody is appropriately tested.” The governor said it was important for those in his office not just to be preaching good coronavirus prevention, but also practicing it. That, he said, “is already underway.”
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But when asked about his own testing history Newsom said, “I haven’t been tested positive and I’ve been tested on multiple occasions. I’ve highlighted two occasions recently, including the last occasion which was when the president visited and I look forward to getting tested again.” That meeting with Trump was on September 14th. Newsom said he was tested several times leading up the Trump’s arrival.
The governor went on to maintain that, “We’ve been very transparent about this,” and reminded reporters that another time he was tested was when he visited a state prison. That was on August 9th.
“The good news is,” said Newsom that, due to telecommuting, “our office does not have the concentration of people that it did pre-pandemic in fact quite a small number of people are actually physically in the office.”
This comes as the governor warned earlier in the week that a “second wave” of coronavirus infections has already begun.
Watch Newsom’s press conference below.