OAKLAND — Two of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s children have tested positive for Covid-19, though the governor has not, his office said Friday.
The children, who were not named to protect their privacy, have mild symptoms and will be quarantined.
“The governor’s children tested positive for COVID-19,” Newsom spokesperson Erin Mellon said in a statement Friday night. “The governor, the first partner, and the other two children have since tested negative. The family is following all COVID protocols, the Newsoms continued to support masking for unvaccinated individuals to stop the spread and advocate for vaccinations as the most effective way to end the pandemic.”
The Newsoms’ four children, who attend private schools, are under 12 and not yet eligible to be vaccinated, according to CDC guidelines. The governor’s office said it does not appear that the children were exposed at school or at any campaign events.
The governor in April received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which calls for one shot. He has not received a booster shot.
This isn’t the first time the Democratic governor and his family have been directly affected by Covid-19. The family entered a 14-day isolation period last November after his children were exposed to a coronavirus-positive California Highway Patrol officer. Also last November, one of Newsom’s children was quarantined after a school classmate tested positive for Covid-19.
In July, the governor pulled two of his eldest children, ages 10 and 11, from summer camp after it was discovered that other children were going maskless at the facilities in violation of state policy.