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Matthew Choi

Pennsylvania governor tests positive for Covid

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf adjusts his face mask while attending a news conference, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Harrisburg, Pa. | AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, though he said he does not have symptoms and will continue to work.

Wolf announced his diagnosis in a tweet Wednesday, in which he said he had tested positive during a routine Covid test. Wolf is isolating at home according to guidelines by the Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His wife, Frances, was also tested for the disease and is isolating as she awaits her results, he said.

"As this virus rages, my positive test is a reminder that no one is immune from COVID. Following all precautions as I have done is not a guarantee, but it is what we know to be vital to stopping the spread of the disease," Wolf said in a statement posted to his Twitter account.

Over 440,000 people have tested positive for the disease in Pennsylvania and over 11,000 have died.

As cases have surged across the country, Wolf has urged Pennsylvanians to take extra precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. He has repeated calls from the lectern to wear masks and avoid crowded spaces, saying Monday that the commonwealth's health system would soon be overrun with Covid cases.

“Over the course of the past two weeks, unfortunately, Pennsylvania’s situation has become even more dire, and I find myself here saying things I really, really wish I didn’t have to say,” Wolf said at a Monday news conference. “If we don’t slow the spread of this dangerous virus now, if we don't do this, the reality is that Covid-19 will overwhelm our hospitals, will overwhelm our health care system.”

"All 13 million Pennsylvanians, we all have a shared responsibility to make this work," Wolf said.

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