Jon Ossoff’s wife tests positive for COVID-19; senate nominee waiting for results

ATLANTA — The campaign for Jon Ossoff announced that the U.S. Senate Democratic nominee’s wife has tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Alisha Kramer works as an OB/GYN physician at Emory and tested positive Friday night. Ossoff is waiting for his test results to come back.

The campaign said both have experienced symptoms.

“Dr. Kramer, like so many health care workers, puts herself at risk to care for Georgia’s pregnant women, delivering mothers, and newborn babies. She is a hero,” Miryam Lipper, Ossoff campaign communications director said in a statement.

“Jon has not held or participated in an in-person campaign event in over a month and will remain in isolation until medical professionals clear both him and Dr. Kramer. We will keep the public informed with updated information, but right now we are just praying for the family’s health and full and speedy recovery.”

Ossoff is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. David Perdue in November’s general election.

Channel 2′s Richard Elliot spoke to Ossoff, who said thankfully, his and his wife’s symptoms appear to be mild. He said he should get his results back in another four days or so.

“She got her positive test last night, so since I’ve been feeling a bit sick and exposed to her, I got my test this morning,” Ossoff said.

Ossoff said that since the beginning of the pandemic, Kramer has worked every day in the hospital.

“She’s delivering babies,” Ossoff said. “They can’t shut that down. The babies keep coming no matter what’s going on in the world.”

Ossoff said he always knew a positive COVID-19 test could come at any time. Because of that, he said he purposely cut back on many campaign appearances.

“I haven’t made an in-person appearance in a month anyway, just because we’ve been taking such good care particularly since Alisha works in the hospital, and so we’ve know that the risk of exposure was higher,” Ossoff said.

Ossoff’s opponent, Sen. David Perdue, sent a tweet of support.

“Bonnie and I wish Alisha Kramer a speedy recovery. Our prayers are with her and Jon Ossoff,” Perdue wrote.

Ossoff told Elliot he had trouble finding a testing location and criticized the response to the pandemic. He implored people to take the pandemic seriously and take proper precautions, including wearing a mask.

“We’ve all got an obligation to do that, no matter what the politicians are doing,” Ossoff said. “We have a moral obligation to each other to slow the spread of this thing.”