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Gov. Sisolak receives second positive COVID-19 test result

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Posted at 10:39 AM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 19:32:15-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak says he continues to be in good spirits and has only experienced mild head congestion related to his positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

As part of a regular testing protocol, Gov. Sisolak's office says he underwent routine COVID-19 testing on Nov. 13 in Carson City. A rapid test provided a positive result.

The governor also received a diagnostic PCR test at that time, which has also returned a positive result.

In a statement, Gov. Sisolak said:

"I appreciate the outpouring of support and well wishes from Nevadans and those across the country who have taken time to check in on me," said Gov. Sisolak. "I again 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 health workers. My focus remains on addressing the record surge the State is currently experiencing and my administration continues to work around the clock to serve Nevadans through this ongoing pandemic.”

The governor continues to isolate and monitor symptoms. He is receiving daily monitoring provided by the Local Health Authority, in addition to check-ins from a local physician.

Prior to the positive results on Friday, the Sisolak has received negative results on all previous tests – including his last two regular COVID tests conducted on Nov. 2 and Nov. 6.

He remains in constant contact with his staff and his cabinet and the work of the governor’s office will continue remotely.

The governor was last in the Carson City office on Nov. 12. Any staff members deemed close contacts through the contact tracing process will remain in quarantine for the full period in compliance with CDC guidelines and must receive a negative test result before returning to the office upon completion of their full quarantine period. Those staffers will be working from home and are able to conduct their regular business during this time.

His office says it has followed all public health and safety protocols including temperature checks, wearing face coverings, social distancing and strict hygiene procedures.