Sunday, June 26, 2022

‘Symptoms are very mild’: Gov. Cooper tests positive for Covid-19

Gov. Roy Cooper tested positive for Covid-19 according to the governor’s office. (Port City Daily/Alexandria Sands Williams)

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday in a video he has tested positive for Covid-19.  

“I’m feeling fine,” he said in the video. “Thanks to vaccinations and boosters, my symptoms are very mild.”

The governor has been vaccinated and boosted, he confirmed, and also is taking Paxlovid. The antiviral medication will help ease symptoms further.

“I’m eager to get to work this week and I’m already doing it from home through phone calls and video conferencing,” Cooper said.

According to the governor, he is following Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines on isolation, which recommend currently infected people stay home, separated from others, in a different room. The CDC suggests isolation for five days after symptoms first occur or a test is positive.

Thereafter, the governor will wear a mask for an additional five days.

“Each Covid variant has become more contagious than last,” he said in the video.

Cooper is using the opportunity to continue promoting vaccines and boosters, which he has traversed the state spreading the message to North Carolinians since Pfizer-BioNTech first released its inoculation in January 2021 amid the worldwide pandemic. Studies have indicated vaccinated individuals are likely to get less sick from Covid-19 and avoid hospitalization, he reminded.

Just last Wednesday, the governor visited the area to announce an additional $10 million was going to the aquarium in Kure Beach.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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