Atlanta mayor says she, family members tested positive for COVID-19

Atlanta mayor says she tested positive for COVID-19

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Monday that she tested positive for COVID-19.

The mayor said in a tweet that she has shown no symptoms.

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Bottoms later appeared on CNN Monday night and said it felt like her seasonal allergies. Bottoms also announced her husband and one of their four children also tested positive for COVID-19.

The mayor said in her interview that another child’s test came back negative while the other two have not been tested.

“This is scary. We’ve done all the things that we thought we should do, and for us to still test positive, I think, really speaks to how easily this virus is spread and obviously none of us are immune from it,” she said.

Bottoms has stressed throughout the pandemic the importance of getting tested and wearing masks.

The city of Atlanta has not made it mandatory to wear a mask in public, but Bottoms strongly encourages it.

The state is reporting 97,064 cases and 2,878 deaths as of 3 p.m. Monday. That’s an increase of 1,548 new cases and 18 deaths since Sunday.