BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A member of Governor John Bel Edwards’s communication team has confirmed on Twitter that he is the staff member who was reported Thursday morning to have tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the governor’s office, the staffer tested positive Wednesday evening. On Thursday afternoon, Jayce Genco confirmed that he is that staffer and that he is now in a two-week self-quarantine.
“I’m fine at the moment, currently asymptomatic and quarantined in my apartment listening to the classic country drive playlist on Spotify and tending to the state’s business,” Genco said in a thread, before going on to note that he is among the 18 to 29 age group that has become the fastest-growing age group for COVID-19 cases in Louisiana.
“Us 18-29-year-olds may be invincible or think we’re invincible, but COVID-19 is not one of those exemptions. This is real and it’s here to stay for what looks like a while. We all need to do a better job of realizing this and stopping the spread.”
The governor’s staff disclosed the news Thursday morning without identifying Genco, saying the member of the team was at a media briefing recently and other internal meetings at the State Capitol.
State epidemiologists say 12 other members of the governor’s staff may have been exposed and were told to self-quarantine.
Epidemiologists say the governor himself was not in close contact him.