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Gov. Carney tests positive for COVID

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Gov. John Carney announced Monday night that he has tested positive for COVID-19. | DBT FILE PHOTO BY KATIE TABELING

WILMINGTON – Gov. John Carney announced Monday night that he has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the highest-ranking state official to contract the virus through the pandemic.

The governor tested positive for the virus through an at-home antigen test, which he took after experiencing mild symptoms, his office reported in a statement.

Carney is vaccinated and double boosted – and therefore is considered at low risk of experiencing more severe symptoms – but he is currently isolating per CDC guidelines.

“I am feeling well and will continue to work remotely, but unfortunately will have to miss a few in-person events,” Carney said in a statement. “I will continue to follow the CDC guidelines following my positive result.”

Several members of Carney’s Cabinet have tested positive for the virus over the past two years, but the governor had so far avoided contracting COVID. He joins a growing list of governors who have tested positive in recent weeks, however, including New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, New Jersey Gov. Tom Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox.

Carney has kept a busy schedule this spring, including an appearance at Newark’s Memorial Day Parade that was held Sunday, where he interacted with other public officials and members of the public albeit outdoors.

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