Gavin Newsom Takes ‘Personal Trip’ to Mexico Amid California Storms, Tests Positive for COVID

This is the second time the California governor has had COVID-19.

QUICK FACTS:
  • After California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for many California counties due to severe weather, the governor took a “personal trip” to Mexico.
  • Days after returning from his trip to Baja, California, Mexico, the governor tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Newsom is to isolate for five days as part of the guidance from the California Department of Public Health.
  • According to a statement from Newsom’s office, the governor’s spokesperson Alex Stack noted the governor is “exhibiting mild symptoms” while First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom showed no indication of illness and tested negative.
  • While in isolation, Newsom is to join a virtual press conference with California Attorney General Rob Bonta to make a “major announcement.”
  • Newsom is still planning to hold a statewide tour from March 16-19 in lieu of a State of the State address to discuss California policies.
NEWSOM FULLY VAXXED, BOOSTED
  • The latest positive COVID test is the second time Newsom has been infected with the virus since receiving his May 2022 booster.
  • While sick in May, and days after receiving his booster shot, the governor was prescribed the antiviral drug Paxlovid, a statement from his press office read.
  • “Vaccinations and boosters remain the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19,” the statement continued.
BACKGROUND:
  • On February 28, 2023, Newsom terminated California’s COVID State of Emergency.
  • The move comes almost three years after its implementation on March 4, 2020.