Gov Roy Cooper tests positive for COVID-19

Gov. Roy Cooper briefs media from the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh. Photo via N.C. Dept. of Public Safety

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from his office.

According to a statement from his office, Cooper is experiencing mild symptoms and is taking Paxlovid, an oral antiviral pill to treat COVID-19. The antiviral pill was used by Vice President Kamala Harris during her bout with the virus. It earned approval from the FDA in December 2021 as a treatment option.

“I’m feeling fine. Thanks to vaccinations and boosters, my symptoms are very mild,” said Cooper. “I’m eager to get to work this week and I’m already doing it from home through phone calls and video conferencing.”

Gov. Cooper is vaccinated against the virus and has received two booster shots, his office said.