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Gordon experiencing only mild symptoms five days after COVID-19 diagnosis
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Gordon experiencing only mild symptoms five days after COVID-19 diagnosis

Gov. Mark Gordon

Gov. Mark Gordon sits down with the staff of the Casper Star-Tribune for a roundtable interview on Dec. 3, 2019, in Casper. Gordon continues to quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus.

An aide for Gov. Mark Gordon said Monday that Wyoming’s chief executive is experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19 five days after testing positive for the virus. Gordon has continued to work a full schedule while in isolation.

Gordon first began to experience symptoms of the virus on Nov. 22. That was roughly one week after he finished a previous quarantine that was prompted by a possible exposure at an event with tribal officials and White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Deborah Birx last month on the Wind River Reservation, according to Gordon spokesman Michael Pearlman.

Gordon’s diagnosis came days after his office announced it would close temporarily for a deep cleaning after a pair of staffers tested positive for the virus. Pearlman said no other employees have tested positive since, and all other close contacts of the governor have tested negative for the virus.

It remains unclear where the governor contracted the virus, Pealrman said. The governor immediately took an at-home test after exhibiting symptoms on Nov. 22. After showing more symptoms, Gordon visited a medical clinic on Wednesday, where he received a test that returned a positive result. The results of the earlier test came back positive the same day.

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Since his diagnosis, Gordon has required no medical interventions and “is working a full schedule from home,” a fact acknowledged by the governor in a tweet Monday afternoon.

“I want to express my heartfelt thanks for all the prayers and support Jennie and I have received after my positive #COVID19 test,” Gordon wrote. “I’m continuing to experience only mild symptoms and will be working remotely this week.”

Gordon — whose diagnosis attracted national attention from outlets such as The Hill and the Washington Post — has had no contact with anyone other than first lady Jennie Gordon between Nov. 21 and the date of his positive test, Pearlman said in an email.

Both Mark and Jennie Gordon appeared in a Thanksgiving video with one another that was posted on the governor’s social media pages the day of the governor’s diagnosis, but Pearlman noted that the video was filmed by the first couple themselves the day before Thanksgiving, and that nobody else was involved in the filming.

Jennie Gordon has since tested negative for the virus and has been in isolation from the governor since his positive diagnosis.

Gordon joined a growing list of governors to test positive for the virus since the pandemic’s start. Others include Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. Polis tested positive for the virus over the weekend.

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Politics Reporter

Nick Reynolds covers state politics and policy. A native of Central New York, he has spent his career covering governments big and small, and several Congressional campaigns. He graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport in 2015.

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