Coronavirus: California Gov. Gavin Newsom tests positive for COVID-19

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s press office confirmed via social media Saturday afternoon that the governor has tested positive for COVID-19.

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According to the official statement, Newsom, who is vaccinated and received two booster shots, is experiencing mild symptoms and expects to remain in isolation through at least Thursday.

The statement also confirmed that Newsom has also received a five-day prescription for antiviral Paxlovid “that has been proven effective against COVID-19,” which he plans to begin taking immediately.

Newsom’s COVID-19 diagnosis came one day after the governor met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Golden Gate Park “to establish a new international partnership tackling climate change,” according to The Associated Press.

By Saturday evening, cumulative COVID-19 cases in the United States neared 84 million, including more than 2.6 million infections detected within the past 28 days. The virus has resulted in more than 1 million U.S. deaths in slightly more than two years, including nearly 11,000 fatalities in the past month, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

Meanwhile, nearly 529 million cases have been reported worldwide, resulting in nearly 6.3 million virus-related deaths since the pandemic began, the Johns Hopkins data stated.