New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell tests positive for coronavirus

"In accordance with public health guidelines, I will continue to work in isolation at home through next week. Given that city government for the most part has been managed remotely throughout the pandemic, I do not anticipate that my status will disrupt municipal services or compromise my ability to lead the city."
Jon Mitchell New Bedford Mayor

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell announced on Tuesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a Facebook post, Mitchell said he was tested after experiencing mild symptoms over the weekend before testing positive on Monday.

“In accordance with public health guidelines, I will continue to work in isolation at home through next week. Given that city government for the most part has been managed remotely throughout the pandemic, I do not anticipate that my status will disrupt municipal services or compromise my ability to lead the city,” Mitchell said in his post.

Mitchell said his wife, daughters, and members of his staff have all tested negative.

“The only indoor public spaces in which I spent time last week, other than my office and home, were a local funeral home to attend a wake, one of the city’s churches to attend Sunday mass, and a large local store. In each instance, I wore a mask and observed social distancing the entire time, and it appeared that everyone present was doing the same. It is uncertain whether I was exposed to the virus in one of these places, or somewhere else,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell finished by urging others to follow social distancing, wear a face covering, and finished by saying “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to be vaccinated when it’s your turn.”

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