SC First Lady Peggy McMaster tests positive for COVID-19

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– On Friday afternoon, the Office of the Governor announced that First Lady Peggy McMaster tested positive for COVID-19. The first lady was notified of her positive test after she and her husband were tested Thursday. Officials say Governor McMaster’s test results came back negative. Authorities say the first lady is not experiencing any symptoms at this time.

Officials say the first lady is isolating for 10 days and the governor is isolating for seven days with regular testing, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for close contacts. Officials say Governor McMaster will continue to work remotely during this time.

Governor McMaster released the following statement about his wife’s diagnosis. “I’m happy to say that Peggy is feeling well, isn’t experiencing any symptoms at this time and is in good spirits,” said Governor McMaster. “This shows us, once again, how contagious this virus truly is and how important it is that we follow the advice and recommendations of our public health officials. We are working closely with SCDHEC to ensure that we follow all of the recommended guidelines and that Peggy’s close contacts are notified.”

According to the release, the governor and first lady were both tested on Monday before a Christmas event at the White House and those results turned up negative.

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