An emerging new leader of the Democratic Party, one who is under consideration to be presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s choice as running mate in the upcoming election, says she has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the positive COVID-19 test result she received in a tweet on Monday, NBC News reported.
In the message posted on Monday afternoon, Mayor Bottoms wrote, “COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive.”
COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive.
— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) July 6, 2020
Unclear how virus was contracted
The mayor spoke more about her positive test results later on Monday evening during an interview with MSNBC host Joy Reid.
“My husband literally has been sleeping since Thursday, which is just not like him, so I decided that we should all get tested again,” Bottoms explained.
“We were tested about two weeks ago, we were all negative, and our results came back positive today, and it’s a shock because what I’ve seen with him is not out of the ordinary for seasonal allergies, which are just about year-round allergies in Atlanta,” she continued.
“It leaves me for a loss of words because I think it really speaks to how contagious this virus is, and we’ve taken all of the precautions we can possibly take,” the mayor added. “We wear a mask, we’re very thoughtful about washing our hands, I have no idea when and where we were exposed.”
Attended mass protest without a mask
That last line from Mayor Bottoms, about taking precautions like wearing a mask and having no idea where she might have been potentially exposed is up for debate, given that she attended and participated in the mass protests that have taken place in her city over the past month.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on June 4, just about one month ago, that Bottoms joined the marchers to “show solidarity” with the protesters. While she initially wore a mask there is video and photo evidence of her at the event without a mask while surrounded by and interacting with hundreds, if not thousands of other people, any one of whom could have been infected and contagious with the virus.
That event was about a month ago, at the extreme end of a typical incubation period, and outdoors, where the virus is less likely to easily spread, so it can’t be certain that she contracted the illness at that point.
Ironically, however, Bottoms strenuously opposed Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s re-opening plans in April and May as she worried that it was too soon for the people of Atlanta to gather together in large numbers.
Nonetheless, regardless of where she or someone in her family contracted COVID-19, we are praying for their safe recovery back to full health.