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FILE- On this Could 24, 2017, file photograph, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf seems at an occasion in Erie, Pa. On Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 Gov. Wolf mentioned Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, that he has examined constructive for COVID-19 and is isolating at dwelling. The second-term Democrat mentioned a routine take a look at on Tuesday detected the coronavirus.Christopher Millette/Erie Instances-Information through AP, File)
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf mentioned Wednesday he has examined constructive for COVID-19 and is isolating at dwelling.

The second-term Democrat mentioned a routine take a look at on Tuesday detected the coronavirus.

“I’ve no signs and am feeling properly,” Wolf mentioned in a press release. “I’m following CDC and Division of Well being pointers.”

Wolf’s partner, Frances Wolf, has been examined however has not obtained the consequence, Wolf mentioned. She is quarantining with him at their dwelling in Mount Wolf, close to York.

Wolf is one among a number of governors who’ve examined constructive for the virus that causes COVID-19, together with the governors of Oklahoma, Missouri, Virginia, Nevada and Colorado. President Donald Trump additionally contracted the virus.

Wolf, who’s 72, mentioned he continues to work remotely.

Wolf’s public schedule for the previous week had only one occasion — a digital information convention concerning the pandemic on Monday the place he appeared alongside along with his well being secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, and one among her deputies. All wore masks as they took turns on the podium.

His spokesperson, Lyndsay Kensinger, mentioned others had been examined on the identical time, however she mentioned federal well being privateness guidelines prevented her from figuring out them.

Almost a month in the past, the Wolf administration strengthened its mask mandate and required out-of-state vacationers to check adverse for the coronavirus earlier than arrival. However infections, hospitalizations and deaths have continued to extend sharply within the state, prompting Wolf to disclose Monday that he’s contemplating new mitigation measures.

Pennsylvania is averaging about 10,000 new confirmed instances per day, up greater than 50% in two weeks, in response to an AP evaluation of information from The COVID Monitoring Undertaking. Hospitalizations have risen tenfold this fall. The state is averaging 140 deaths per day, up 64% since Nov. 24.

Wolf has repeatedly urged individuals to put on masks and to keep away from congregating, and often opens his broadcast information conferences by conspicuously utilizing hand sanitizer.

“As this virus rages, my constructive take a look at is a reminder that nobody is immune from COVID, that following all precautions as I’ve completed just isn’t a assure, however it’s what we all know to be very important to stopping the unfold of the illness,” he mentioned Wednesday.

Wolf is a former state income secretary and businessman who spent greater than $10 million of his personal cash to win the Democratic gubernatorial main almost six years in the past. He simply gained reelection in 2018.


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