Pennsylvania Governor Tests Positive For COVID-19

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is isolating himself at home.

Wolf, 72, said he was found in a routine test Tuesday.

“I have no symptoms and I feel fine,” he said in a statement. “I’m following the guidelines from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the Department of Health.”

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Wolf’s wife, Frances, underwent a test but did not yet have the result. She is quarantined with him at his home on Mount Wolf, near York.

Wolf said he’s still working remotely. He is one of several governors who have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, including those of Oklahoma, Missouri, Virginia, Nevada and Colorado. President Donald Trump also contracted it.

The governor’s calendar in the last week had only one public event, a virtual press conference on the pandemic on Monday in which he presented himself along with his health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, and one of her deputies. They all wore masks on the podium.

Lyndsay Kensinger, a Wolf spokesman, said “multiple members” of the governor’s security team recently tested positive for COVID-19. He noted that in recent months Wolf has been primarily at home or working from the offices of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

Almost a month ago, the Pennsylvania government tightened the order for the use of masks and required travelers from other states to prove that they were not infected before their arrival. But infections, hospitalizations and deaths have continued to rise sharply in the state, prompting Wolf announced Monday that he was considering new measures.

Pennsylvania is averaging about 10,000 new confirmed cases per day, an increase of more than 50% in two weeks, according to an AP analysis of data from the COVID Tracking Project. This fall there have been 10 times more hospitalizations than usual. The state averages 140 deaths per day, a 64% increase from Nov. 24.

Wolf has repeatedly urged people to wear masks and avoid congregating, and he usually starts his press conferences by applying hand sanitizer.

“With the virus spreading rapidly, my positive result is a reminder that no one is immune to COVID, that following all the precautions as I have done is not a guarantee, but it is what we know is vital to stop the spread of the disease. ”He said Wednesday.

Wolf is a former secretary of state revenue and businessman who spent more than $ 10 million of his own money campaigning for the Democratic primary nearly six years ago, which he won. In 2018 he was easily re-elected.

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