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Governor Murphy tests positive for COVID, will quarantine, spokesman says

By: - March 31, 2022 4:39 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy is canceling in-person events and isolating for the next five days after testing positive for the virus. (Danielle Richards for New Jersey Monitor)

Gov. Phil Murphy tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday but is feeling well and showing no symptoms, a spokesperson for the governor announced.

A scheduled rapid test taken by the governor returned a positive result that was later confirmed by a more accurate PCR test, spokesman Mahen Gunaratna said in a statement.

“Per CDC guidance, the governor will cancel in-person events, isolate for the next five days, and continue to monitor for symptoms before taking an additional PCR test,” Gunaratna said.

Contact tracers have begun notifying those who came into contact with Murphy in recent days.

It’s not clear where Murphy was exposed to the virus.

The governor’s infection comes as case counts have remained low since dropping from their omicron variant-fueled peak in January.

Murphy in October 2020 abruptly left an event after being notified he was in contact with someone who later tested positive for the virus. The governor, who is vaccinated, later tested negative.

In January First Lady Tammy Murphy tested positive for COVID-19 that did not spread to the governor.

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Nikita Biryukov
Nikita Biryukov

Nikita Biryukov most recently covered state government and politics for the New Jersey Globe. His tenure there included revelatory stories on marijuana legalization, voting reform and Rep. Jeff Van Drew's decamp to the Republican Party. Earlier, he worked as a freelancer for The Home News Tribune and The Press of Atlantic City.