SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom and his family are quarantining for 14 days after learning three of their children were exposed to a California Highway Patrol officer who has tested positive for Covid-19, his office announced late Sunday night.
The entire family tested negative Sunday for coronavirus, according to press secretary Jesse Melgar. The family waited until Sunday to take their most recent test under the advice of health professionals, presumably to ensure enough time for the standard incubation period after exposure.
The governor learned of the CHP exposure during the “late evening” Friday, around the time POLITICO reported that one of Newsom’s four children had to quarantine due to exposure to a classmate at school who had Covid-19.
Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom had no direct interaction with the officer, Melgar said. The family plans to get tested regularly.
California has long provided CHP protection to governors and family members while in office. For instance, the state spent $43 million on the CHP detail for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008 alone as he traveled across the globe, The Sacramento Bee reported at the time.
“We are grateful for all the officers that keep our family safe and for every frontline worker who continues to go to work during this pandemic,” Newsom said on Twitter.