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Inslee tests positive for COVID-19 for second time

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee shakes hands Tuesday with Washington state Poet Laureate Rena Priest during his 2023 State of the State address at the Capitol in Olympia.  (Karen Ducey/Seattle Times)

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time in the last year.

He is experiencing minor symptoms, including a minor cough, according to his office. He will continue to work virtually.

Inslee also tested positive for COVID-19 in May. He is fully vaccinated, including booster shots.

“Once again I am very appreciative to be vaccinated and boosted,” Inslee said in a news release. “This is a scientific gift that has given us the capacity to prevent hospitalizations or worse. I encourage folks who haven’t received their booster to talk with their doctor and avail themselves of this protective, life-saving measure.”

Inslee is discussing with his doctor about whether to receive Paxlovid antiviral treatments. He took Paxlovid, which is used to treat COVID-19 patients, the first time he had the virus last year.

His wife, Trudi, tested negative as of Wednesday.

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