CONCORD – A member of the Governor’s Office tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has not been in the office since Thursday morning of last week, and is feeling fine.
Over the weekend, the individual woke up with a sore throat and very minor symptoms and began quarantining. Out of an abundance of caution, a rapid test was conducted this morning and the result came back positive.
There is one close contact within the Governor’s Office. They are currently quarantining. Contact tracing is underway to determine if there are any additional close contacts 48 hours prior to symptoms.
The Governor was not determined to be a close contact of the individual. While guidance does not require the Governor to quarantine, he will continue to monitor for any symptoms, as well as all other staff in the Governor’s Office.
In consultation with Public Health, the Governor’s Office informed the Department of Administrative Services to ensure that all commonly touched surfaces within the State House had been sanitized and any necessary extra cleaning will be conducted.
The Governor’s Office follows all public health guidelines for workplaces, including wearing masks when socially distancing is not possible.
Note: This is the second confirmed case of COVID-19 within the Governors office. An earlier staff member tested positive on December 7, 2020.