Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Lt. Gov Denny Heck test positive for COVID-19, experiencing mild symptoms

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

Washington Governor Jay Inslee tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing “very mild” symptoms, his office announced Wednesday.

Inslee added that he was thankful to be vaccinated and boosted.

“I’m experiencing very mild symptoms and am most glad I’m vaccinated and boosted,” Inslee said. “I hope others consider getting their booster because it’s very effective in preventing serious illness.”

The governor was working from home, according to his office.

“Aside from having a slight cough, the governor is feeling well and in typical good spirits,” said Jaime Smith, Inslee’s communications director. “He is working from home and will soon receive antiviral treatments. As we’re seeing, the current COVID variants are extremely contagious and vaccinations remain the most important tool to protect ourselves against serious illness, hospitalization and death. We hope every eligible Washingtonian takes advantage of these life-saving tools. “

Lieutenant Governor Denny Heck shortly after announced he also tested positive for COVID-19. His office notes Heck and Inslee have not been in proximity with each other

Heck previously tested positive for the virus in February, and says he feels only mild symptoms akin to “a bad head cold.”

Heck says he is treating his COVID-19 with Paxlovid, an FDA-approved antiviral pill for the coronavirus. He released the following statement:

“I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. I’m working from home and experiencing mild but unpleasant symptoms, similar to a bad head cold.

“I’m glad to be vaccinated and double-boosted. I know my symptoms could be much worse if I was not vaccinated, and I urge everyone eligible for a booster shot to go and get one.

“I’ve started a regimen of Paxlovid, one of the antiviral pills approved by the FDA for fighting COVID-19. Paxlovid and other treatments are now widely available in Washington state. I encourage anyone” who tests positive to talk to their doctor or pharmacist about treatment options.

“I previously tested positive in February but experienced no symptoms. Unfortunately COVID-19 reinfections can happen, and that’s another good reason to go and get that booster shot.

“I look forward to resuming my full public schedule once cleared to do so.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.


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