City councilwoman tests positive for coronavirus after going to show at major venue

She says she still feels a little beat up after testing positive for the virus

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A Marietta city councilwoman is comparing her bout with coronavirus to “three rounds with Mike Tyson.”

Cheryl Richardson told Channel 2’s Chris Jose that her diagnosis was confirmed Monday by her doctor.

“For me, it has been a fever. I have a headache right now. I have had really bad chills,” said Richardson. “I was telling people, ‘I felt like I’ve gone three rounds with Mike Tyson. I hurt.’”

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Richardson, 59, said she began feeling symptoms around 1:30 a.m. last Wednesday. She did not know what kind of virus she had.

Richardson missed a city council meeting and took herself to Kennestone Hospital.

“I was there for 10 hours and they ran every test. They did a chest x-ray and there was absolutely nothing that came up, so they said I had to go to my doctor to get the test done,” said Richardson.

Richardson said she has been at home in self-quarantine since last week. She missed her father’s funeral over the weekend.

Richardson said she’s been ordered to remain at home until she’s symptom-free for at least 72 hours and has finished her medications.

Richardson told Jose that she was at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for the opera last Tuesday, just hours before she felt ill. At the time, Richardson said she did not have symptoms.

“I was at the opera Tuesday night. I felt fine. So, who did I infect? Not knowing. And going to the opera?” said Richardson.​