One of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s children may have been exposed to the coronavirus at school and is in quarantine, a spokesman said on Friday.
The child began a 14-day quarantine ‘from the date of exposure’ after the family was told a classmate at the private school had tested positive for COVID-19, spokesperson Nathan Click said in an emailed statement.
The rest of the governor’s family is not quarantining because they weren’t directly exposed.
‘The family has taken the potential exposure seriously and is following all state protocols,’ Click said.
One of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s four children is in quarantine after being exposed to a classmate who tested positive for the coronavirus. From left: California First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom, 46; Dutch, 4; Brooklynn Stacia, 7; Montana Tessa, 11; Hunter, 9; and Governor Gavin Newsom, 53, at his 2019 inauguration in Sacramento in January 2019
A spokesperson for Newsom declined to specify which of the couple’s four children is in quarantine. The Newsom family is seen above in Sacramento in January 2019
One of Newsom’s children was exposed to the coronavirus after a private school classmate tested positive for COVID-19, the governor’s spokesperson said
The governor, his wife and all four of their children have tested negative for the virus, Click said.
He didn’t identify the child who was in quarantine.
Newsom, 53, and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, 46, are parents to Montana Tessa Siebel Newsom, 11; Hunter Siebel Newsom, 9; Brooklynn Siebel Newsom, 7; and Dutch Siebel Newsom, 4.
The couple have been married since 2008.
Newsom, a former lieutenant governor of California and mayor of San Francisco, was previously wed to Kimberly Guilfoyle, the attorney and former Fox News personality currently dating Donald Trump Jr.
Coincidentally, Don Jr announced on Friday night that he tested positive for the coronavirus.
Governor Newsom had a rapid test this week that was negative, and he will get a regular tests this weekend, Click said.
Newsom has been busy trying to manage a public health crisis in his state as COVID-19 cases have surged. He is seen above in in Sacramento on Thursday
Earlier this week, Newsom admitted he made a ‘bad mistake’ after he was photographed attending a November 6 dinner party with 11 other people indoors. None of the other attendees wore masks and gathered in defiance of COVID-19 regulations
The story was first reported by Politico.
The governor said last month that his children had returned to their private school in Sacramento, sparking criticism even as millions of public schoolchildren continue to study online or through other distance learning measures because of COVID-19 concerns.
Click said Newsom ‘has made the safety of students and staff a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic and has fought to ensure that every child – whether in a classroom or at home – is learning.’
The school where Newsom’s child was exposed will stop in-person learning and move to remote learning after the Thanksgiving break through the second week of December, in part because of the higher infection risks associated with holiday activities, according to an email Politico said it had obtained.
The governor also drew fire this week for apparently flouting the very social distancing rules that he has urged Californians to follow assiduously to curb a spiking COVID-19 infection rate.
Newsom said this week he made a ‘bad mistake’ by attending a friend’s birthday dinner on November 6 at the ritzy French Laundry restaurant in Napa County.
Newsom issued a ‘limited stay-at-home order’ banning non-essential work and gatherings between 10pm and 5am for the next month on Thursday
The order affects 41 counties in California’s most restrictive purple COVID-19 reopening tier
He apologized and described the dinner as outdoors.
But photos obtained by the Fox 11 TV station in Los Angeles show Newsom and his wife sitting maskless around a crowded table of 12 – including several lobbyists – inside a room that was enclosed on three sides.
Napa is one of 41 counties that as of Saturday night will fall under a 10pm to 5am curfew that bars people from non-essential activities and orders bars, restaurants and other businesses to shut during those hours.
The counties fall under the most restrictive ‘purple’ tier of the state’s four tiers allowing stages of economic reopening.
Private and public schools that already are open for in-person learning in those counties are allowed to remain open.