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Considered one of Newsom’s youngsters quarantines after potential publicity from classmate in school


California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to reporters after voting under COVID-19 protocols at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to reporters at Golden 1 Middle in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. | Renée C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee by way of AP, Pool

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Considered one of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s youngsters is quarantining after a faculty classmate examined optimistic for Covid-19, the governor’s workplace confirmed to POLITICO late Friday.

Newsom’s youngster was uncovered at his non-public faculty and has been in a 14-day quarantine, communications director Nathan Click on stated in an electronic mail. POLITICO will not be naming the college or youngster for privateness causes.

It marked one other tough flip for the Newsom household in every week the place the governor has drawn harsh criticism for attending a 12-person dinner party at The French Laundry for a Sacramento lobbyist buddy. The varsity publicity is probably going to attract consideration from lecturers unions, who’ve known as on the governor to shut all campuses resulting from a surge in coronavirus circumstances.

“The household has taken the potential publicity critically and is following all state protocols,” Click on stated. “After being alerted by the college {that a} classmate examined optimistic for COVID-19, the possibly uncovered Newsom youngster started a 14-day quarantine from the date of publicity in accordance with state public well being steerage for colleges.”

Newsom obtained a fast take a look at this week that was adverse and can get a nasal swab take a look at this weekend, in line with Click on. All 4 Newsom youngsters have examined adverse, as has first companion Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

“The Newsom youngster was examined twice [5 days and 7 days past their last contact with the COVID-19 positive student],” Click on stated. “As well as, every of the Newsom youngsters have been additionally examined on Day 5.”

Click on stated that the governor, his spouse and their three different youngsters aren’t required to quarantine, in line with state well being pointers that require the quarantine of solely the individual instantly uncovered to an contaminated individual.

Newsom stated late final month that his 4 youngsters, ages four to 11, had returned to in-person learning at their Sacramento non-public faculty below a “phased-in strategy.” The varsity expanded to 5 days every week this month.

The governor has drawn fireplace as a result of most of California’s 6 million public schoolchildren stay at dwelling to do distance studying, as 20 of the 25 largest districts have opted to maintain campuses shut, together with the large Los Angeles Unified Faculty District. Meeting Training Chair Patrick O’Donnell (D-Lengthy Seaside) this month known as the state of affairs “state-sanctioned segregation” as a result of extra prosperous suburban households have returned to class whereas metropolis public colleges serving lower-income residents have largely stayed dwelling. Many college students have struggled with distance studying, primarily based on early report playing cards displaying will increase in failure.

With Covid-19 surging at an unprecedented tempo and the state setting day by day case information, Newsom moved 41 counties — with 94 % of the state’s inhabitants — into probably the most restrictive coronavirus purple tier this week. That makes it far more troublesome for colleges that by no means opened to convey college students again, and it has put a chill in reopening talks for districts that have been contemplating opening again up. Faculty districts and personal colleges which have already opened — together with the Newsoms’ — can nonetheless stay open within the purple tier below the governor’s guidelines.

Click on stated that Newsom “has made the protection of scholars and employees a precedence in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and has fought to make sure that each youngster — whether or not in a classroom or at dwelling — is studying.” In a Nov. 6 letter despatched to California’s mayors, Newsom famous that his most up-to-date state finances “stabilized faculty funding and included a one-time funding of greater than $5.three billion in funds for native public colleges to assist studying and tackle limitations associated to COVID-19.”

However O’Donnell and different leaders say Newsom should do extra. The state is projected to have a $26 billion “windfall” over the subsequent 18 months, in line with the Legislative Analyst’s Workplace, and Democratic legislative leaders have stated a few of that cash ought to be spent on guaranteeing security at colleges.

The Sacramento non-public faculty the Newsoms attend will transfer to distant studying after Thanksgiving break via the second week of December, partly as a result of greater dangers related to vacation actions subsequent week, in line with an electronic mail obtained by POLITICO. To ensure that college students to return after that, they need to receive a adverse Covid-19 take a look at, and the college is providing testing to all college students and employees.

The state’s largest lecturers unions and college districts have demanded comparable precautions earlier than they comply with reopen colleges.

Newsom’s household publicity got here in the identical week that the governor made worldwide headlines — and confronted withering criticism — for attending a birthday dinner for lobbyist Jason Kinney on the unique French Laundry restaurant in Napa County. The dinner turned fodder for cable hosts and editorials questioning what they thought-about the political hypocrisy of the governor, who has repeatedly urged Californians to keep away from touring for Thanksgiving, severely restrict their socializing and keep away from indoor eating to gradual the unfold of the virus.

Pictures of the dinner, captured by Fox LA, showed the governor and Siebel Newsom sitting maskless alongside two prime California Medical Affiliation officers, CEO Dustin Corcoran and prime lobbyist Janus Norman.

Although initially billed as an outside occasion, the photos showed diners at Kinney’s 50th birthday celebration in a room with three sides closed off, additionally elevating questions on how Newsom defines “out of doors” eating within the pandemic — a definition that took on much more necessary which means as many of the state was pressured to shut all indoor restaurant operations.

On Thursday, he ordered a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew beginning Saturday within the 41 purple-tier counties. Residents should keep away from venturing outdoors until performing important actions. The curfew will final till 5 a.m. on Dec. 21, greater than a full month. Newsom stated that he aimed to manage the upper unfold that happens throughout actions fueled by inebriation and late-night antics, and he warned of “social actions and gatherings which have a better probability of resulting in lowered inhibition.”


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