According to the latest Gallup poll, President Obama’s job performance got more thumbs up than down for the first time in a long time. The survey says that 47 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing, compared with 45 percent who do not; Politico notes that this is a 5 percent bump from a mid-December polling, and the first time that Americans’ approval has been overall positive since last July. Perhaps Obama is getting credit for the payroll tax cut extension that the House GOP threatened to kill. Or maybe poll respondents were just hopped up on eggnog and wanting to give the guy a pat on the back.
On Wednesday evening, @FirstLadyVA and I were notified that a member of our official residence staff had developed symptoms and tested positive for #COVID19. We both received PCR nasal swab tests yesterday and both tested positive.
Pam is experiencing mild symptoms, and I am asymptomatic. Per @VDHgov guidelines, we will isolate at home for 10 days and then reevaluate our symptoms. I am in constant contact with my cabinet and staff, and will continue working from the Executive Mansion.
As I have been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, #COVID19 is very real and very contagious. We are grateful for your thoughts and support, but the best thing you can do for us—and most importantly, for your fellow Virginians—is to take this virus seriously.