Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that he and his family are in quarantine after they were exposed to the coronavirus.
Axios reports Newsom announced that three of his children came into contact with a California Highway Patrol officer who later tested positive for the coronavirus. His family members all tested negative.
“Thankfully, the entire family tested negative today,” Newsom said in a tweet late on Sunday evening.
According to the report, the officer was a part of a team of officers who provide security for the governor’s family.
“However, consistent with local guidance, we will be quarantining for 14 days,” he added.
The report adds:
Of note: One of Newsom’s children went into quarantine on Friday after a classmate at school tested positive for the virus, per Politico.
- The latest developments come just over a week after it emerged Newsom attended a 12-person dinner party as coronavirus cases raged across California.
By the numbers: Nearly 18,700 people have died of COVID-19 in California and more than 1.1 million have tested positive, state data shows.
The global pandemic is continuing to worsen in the United States as each day since November 10 has set a new record for the daily number of case infections.
The ongoing surge is what was supposed to be prevented with statewide lockdown orders and mask-requiring mandates. Now, hospitals will be pushed to their limits, Axios reports.
“Governors in states like North Dakota and Illinois have been warning about overburdened hospitals and limited beds for weeks,” the report continues. “Hospitals in Utah say they are already informally rationing care, although no one has been ejected from ICUs yet.”
The surge also comes as two American companies and a British company have announced potential coronavirus vaccines.