N.J. First Lady Tammy Murphy tests positive for COVID

New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy has tested positive for COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy’s office announced Sunday afternoon.

The announcement followed a rapid antigen test and the family’s return Thursday from an eight-day vacation to Costa Rica.

She is asymptomatic. Gov. Murphy and the rest of the family have tested negative, according to the announcement.

Tammy Murphy posted a photo on Twitter the morning of New Year’s Day of her celebrating with the governor and two of their children.

The governor and his wife, who are both vaccinated and boosted, tested themselves following a recent known, non-family contact with someone who was in their home, according to the statement from the governor’s office.

Because of his vaccinated status, the governor is not required to quarantine per guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the announcement continued. But the governor’s scheduled COVID-19 briefing Monday will shift to a virtual format and stream online.

Fueled by the spreading omicron variant and the resulting increase in demand for tests, New Jersey has recorded daily records for new COVID-19 infections since last week, with 29,740 cases reported Saturday.

During a tour of a federally funded COVID-19 testing facility in East Orange on Friday, Gov. Murphy described the recent spike in New Jersey cases as an “omicron tsunami.”

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