As first announced on her Twitter page, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms has tested positive for COVID-19.
“COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive.”
In a interview with MSNBC, the mayor said her family was retested after an initial negative test due to her husband “literally has been sleeping since Thursday,” though the mayor said the only other symptoms the couple experienced were dismissed as seasonal allergies.
Bottoms told MSNBC, “we’ve taken all of the precautions that you can possibly take. We wear masks, we’re very thoughtful about washing our hands, I have no idea when and where we were exposed.”
Critics of Bottoms have been outspoken of her handling of protests following a police officer involved shooting of Rayshard Brooks last month. Bottoms had urged protesters to keep demonstrating peacefully and to follow social distancing guidelines. Bottoms however would not issue an order making facial covering mandatory while in public in the city. Some experts have pointed out a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the under 40 age group to be in direct correlation to the nationwide protests.