Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. He made the announcement via Twitter. 

“I tested positive for COVID today, but thankfully it’s mild, and I’m feeling fine,” he said. “I’m working remotely for the rest of the week and ready to be back out and about by the weekend. – RC.”

Cooper tested positive for the virus a little over a year ago. 

“Today, Governor Roy Cooper tested positive for COVID-19,” a June 20, 2022, press release read. “The Governor is experiencing mild symptoms. He has begun taking Paxlovid, an oral antiviral pill to treat COVID-19. Governor Cooper is vaccinated against the virus and has received two booster shots.”

No word if Cooper has had any further booster shots.

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (which former NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen now heads) declared the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency in May, the virus has not been eradicated.

Current protocols by the CDC recommends that those who test positive for COVID stay home for five days and isolate from others in the household as this is the timeframe when a person is most contagious. 

If there are no symptoms, it’s recommended that a person can end isolation and resume normal activities outside the home. If there are symptoms they can also do the same, provided they do not have a fever. More information can be found in the CDC’s press release.