Gov. Steve Sisolak has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a release Friday afternoon that says the result was detected as part of routine testing.
“At this time, the Governor is not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms,” Communications Director Meghin Delaney said in the release. “Earlier this week, the Governor expressed feeling fatigue, however he attributed this to his demanding schedule.”
Sisolak has undergone a PCR test to confirm the positive result from the initial rapid test. That test result is pending.
“It was important to me to notify Nevadans as soon as possible of my positive COVID-19 test results. I am currently not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and I have returned to my residence to begin the quarantine and isolation process.”
Sisolak, who was last in the Carson City office on Thursday, said he participated in a contact tracing interview with Carson City Health and Human Services. Those in contact with the governor are being informed and advised of health guidelines, according to the release. It’s unknown if First Lady Kathy Sisolak has been tested.
“I want to thank the health officials who assisted me through this process. They serve as a strong reminder of how proud we should all be of our State’s public health workers,” he said. He becomes at least the fifth U.S. governor to test positive, joining his colleagues from Ohio, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Virginia.
The governor said he wants to “underscore the importance of Nevadans to stay at home as much as they possibly can at this time. There were more than 1,800 new cases identified in Nevada yesterday and cases are growing at a rate of 1.3 percent or, 1,402 new cases per day.”
According to the release, Sisolak tested negative on all previous tests, including Monday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 6.
The governor will be monitored by health authorities and a local physician, Delaney said. Public events have been canceled and the governor, his staff, and cabinet will work remotely.
According to the release, the governor’s office has followed all safety protocols, “including temperature checks, wearing face coverings, social distancing and strict hygiene procedures.”