Newsom tests positive for COVID just days after returning from ‘personal trip’ to Mexico’s Baja California

California Governor Gavin Newsom tested positive Wednesday for COVID, just days after returning from an unexplained “personal trip” to Mexico’s Baja California, according to an announcement released by his office. He is reportedly experiencing mild symptoms.

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“Today, the governor tested positive for COVID-19 after exhibiting mild symptoms,” Deputy Communications Director Alex Stack said in a statement Wednesday night.

More details on his condition were not immediately available, Fox 2 Oakland reported. His wife is said to have tested negative.

For the next five days, Newsom will reportedly work remotely from home and will self-isolate in accordance with the current California Department of Public Health guidelines.

The agency states that isolation can end after the fifth day if there is a negative test and no symptoms. Indoor masks are required for 10 days after testing positive.

This is the second time that Newsom has contracted COVID. The last time was in May shortly after receiving his booster shot. The governor has been fully vaccinated against the virus and has received at least two booster shots.

The governor was heavily criticized recently for traveling to Baja California during the brutal winter storms that hit the state starting on February 21. Now, the west is about to get deluged with rain and flooding to top it off. The snowstorms have resulted in deaths in higher elevations and flooding will most likely result in more life-threatening situations following the record winter storms.

After returning to the state on Sunday, Newsom met with emergency response officials and received an update on winter storms as well as the state’s work to support disaster response and relief efforts, according to the Seattle Times.

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More than 12,000 Californians are still without power as of Thursday morning, according to PowerOutage.us. Those primarily affected are for the most part in Nevada County.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Newsom will take part in a virtual news conference Thursday with California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta and other state leaders.

Newsom still plans to travel from March 16-19 across Northern and Southern California with leaders of the state legislature on a policy tour instead of a traditional State of the State address. It is not clear what policies he and the state legislature plan to discuss.

The Golden State’s constitution requires that the governor “shall report to the Legislature each calendar year on the condition of the State and may make recommendations.”

Newsom ended the COVID-19 State of Emergency on Feb. 28 in the state. That’s almost three years after he issued a proclamation that thuggishly clamped down on California. The governor declared “the conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property … no longer exist.”

The governor’s positive COVID test comes ahead of President Biden’s visit to California on March 13 and 14 which was announced on Wednesday night. It is unclear whether or not the two will meet face-to-face while Biden is in California.

 

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