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NC Gov. Cooper announces he has COVID

NC Department of Public Safety

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated for the disease with Paxlovid. He made the announcement via Twitter and described his symptoms as "very mild" crediting being vaccinated and boosted.

The following was his statement:

"Hi everybody. Gov. Roy Cooper here. It's June 20 and I tested positive for COVID-19 today. I'm feeling fine. And, thanks to vaccinations and boosters, my symptoms are very mild and I've begun taking Paxlovid, which is a proven treatment. I'm eager to get to work this week and I'm already doing it from home through phone calls and through video conferencing. I'll be following the CDC on isolation.

"You know, each COVID variant has become more contagious than the last, so a lot of people are still getting it. But, studies show that vaccinated and boosted people have milder symptoms when they become infected. So, if you have not gotten vaccinated or boosted, I encourage you to do so. And make sure you find out if treatment is right for you if you test positive. Thanks so much, everybody."

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Robb Crocker is a digital editor with WFAE. Originally from New Jersey, Robb grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, where majored in print and broadcast journalism and also studied English and creative writing. He earned a Master's degree in Communication from Rutgers University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at VCU's Media, Art & Text program. He is a veteran news/sports reporter and digital editor with stints at the Washington Post, Hanley Wood magazines, Richmond.com, WTVR CBS 6 and WRIC ABC 8. He has also produced the Writing Our Way Out podcast.