New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has tested positive for COVID-19

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has tested positive for COVID-19 but is feeling “fine” and showing no symptoms, a spokesman said Thursday.

Murphy, 64, is vaccinated and boosted but is considered high risk because he had a cancerous tumor removed from his kidney in 2020, according to

“This afternoon, as part of a regularly scheduled testing program, the governor conducted a rapid antigen test that came back positive for COVID-19,” communications director Mahen Gunaratna said in a statement.

“He then did a PCR test, which was also positive.”

Murphy will isolate for five days and cancel in-person events, Gunaratna said. Anyone who came into contact with the governor during the potential infection window will be notified, he said.

“The governor has taken careful precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 and encourages all who are eligible to get vaccinated and empowered like him to protect themselves and their loved ones from the virus.”

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Murphy is considered high risk due to a cancerous tumor he had removed from his kidney in 2020.

Murphy’s wife Tammy had tested positive in another breakthrough case in January, but the governor and their four children tested negative at the same time.

Murphy has not been quarantined since being vaccinated, but instead wore a mask at in-person events after being tested, his office said at the time. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has tested positive for COVID-19


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