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Two of Gavin Newsom's children test positive for coronavirus; the governor has not

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FILE -- In this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo California Governor Gavin Newsom his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and their children wave after taking the oath office during his inauguration as 40th Governor of California, in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom's office said, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, that he pulled his children out of summer camp after children at the camp weren't wearing face masks, a violation of state policy. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, his wife, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and their children wave during his inauguration on Jan. 7, 2019, in Sacramento. (Associated Press)

Two of Gov. Gavin Newsom's four children have tested positive for the coronavirus, the governor's office said Friday.

In a statement, Erin Mellon, a spokeswoman for the governor, said the two children, who attend private school, had positive tests on Thursday.

Newsom; his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom; and their two other children have tested negative, Mellon said.

"The Newsoms continue to support masking for unvaccinated individuals indoors to stop the spread and advocate for vaccinations as the most effective way to end this pandemic," Mellon said in a statement.

Newsom's children are all under 12 and thus not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Both Newsom and his wife are vaccinated.

This summer, the parents pulled two of their children out of a day camp after learning that the camp administrators did not require kids to wear masks.

Last year, all six members of the Newsom family were under quarantine after learning that three children were exposed to a California Highway Patrol officer who tested positive for the coronavirus. One of Newsom's children also was forced to quarantine after being exposed to a classmate at a Sacramento private school who had tested positive.

Times staff writer John Myers contributed to this report.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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