Dr. G. E. Ghali

LSU Health Shreveport Chancellor Dr. G.E. Ghali told USA TODAY Network on Thursday that he has COVID-19.

Ghali was checking out of Ochsner LSU Health on Thursday where he was held for precautionary reasons, he said.

"I feel fine and appreciate all the well wishes,'' Ghali said.

Ghali appeared at a press conference with Gov. John Bel Edwards and others last Thursday, before Ghali tested positive. Ghali said after testing positive on Saturday he called (Assistant Secretary of Health) Dr. Alex Billioux and Billioux determined that the governor didn't have significant exposure because they were wearing masks and social distancing.

"Dr. Billioux didn't feel it necessary for anyone at the press conference to be in quarantine,'' Ghali said.

Edwards spokesperson Christina Stephens said, "We are in regular communication with the Louisiana Department of Health and Dr. Billioux about any COVID exposure the governor or our office may have. Right now there has been no reason for the governor to quarantine, per LDH.''

Ghali said he came down with symptoms on Saturday with a 102-degree fever and a cough. He was tested later that day.

Ghali said he otherwise had mild symptoms. 

He was treated with Remdesivir and said it probably helped his recovery. Ghali said he felt fine on Thursday before going home.


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