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New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy has tested positive for COVID-19 but is asymptomatic, according to a statement released Sunday afternoon. 

Gov. Phil Murphy and the couple's four children have tested negative.

The Murphys tested themselves "due to a recent known non-family contact in their home." A spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for clarification. 

"As the governor is vaccinated and boosted, he is not required to quarantine per CDC guidance," the statement reads. "He will continue to wear a mask in all public settings."

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Tammy Murphy tested positive on a rapid antigen test, which is not as accurate as a PCR test that gets sent to a lab. It is not clear if she took a PCR test to confirm the rapid result.  

The family returned late last week from an eight-day vacation in Costa Rica. The governor has had one public appearance since the return, at a COVID test site in Essex County on Friday afternoon.

The couple are fully vaccinated and have received booster shots.

The governor's regularly scheduled COVID briefing on Monday will be virtual. 

Scott Fallon has covered the COVID-19 pandemic since its onset in March 2020. To get unlimited access to the latest news about the pandemic's impact on New Jersey,  please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

Email: fallon@northjersey.com 

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