Newsom, Family Quarantine After Exposure to CHP Officer Positive for COVID-19

Newsom said that his entire family tested negative, but will adhere to local guidance by quarantining for 14 days

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his family are in isolation after three of his children were exposed to a California Highway Patrol officer who tested positive for COVID-19, Newsom said in a tweet late Sunday night.

Newsom said that his entire family tested negative but will adhere to local guidance by quarantining for 14 days.

“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 tweeted.

The governor's quarantine comes as California experiences a rise in virus cases and as he's imposed a fresh round of restrictions on people and businesses. Los Angeles County on Sunday announced that bars and restaurants would be restricted to takeout starting Wednesday.

A 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew took effect over the weekend and officials are warning people about getting together with family and friends for Thanksgiving. Newsom, meanwhile, has faced criticism for attending a dinner party with a dozen people on Nov. 6 as he was warning people to limit gatherings.

One of Newsom's children was already quarantining after being exposed to a classmate at school, Newsom's office said Friday, though they did not identify which child. The whole family was not quarantining because only the one child had been exposed, the governor's spokesman said. It wasn't clear Sunday whether the same child was among the three exposed to the CHP officer.


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