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Miami mayor tests positive for coronavirus after event with Brazil president

Francis Suarez said he is feeling healthy and strong, though his concern lies with those who have been in his close proximity in recent days.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. [ City of Miami ]
Published Mar. 13, 2020

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Miami Herald

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, four days after the mayor attended a Miami event with a Brazilian government official who later tested positive for the virus.

Suarez confirmed the positive test Friday morning in an interview with the Miami Herald.

“It is confirmed that I have the coronavirus,” Suarez said. “I did test positive for it.”

Suarez said he is feeling healthy and strong, though his concern lies with those who have been in his close proximity in recent days.

“I’m concerned for people who have had some measure of contact with me,” he said.

He issued a statement early Friday asking those who have interacted with him to take precautions.

“If we did not shake hands or you did not come into contact with me if I coughed or sneezed, there is no action you need to take whatsoever,” he said. “If we did, however, touch or shake hands, or if I sneezed or coughed near you since Monday, it is recommended that you self-isolate for 14 days, but you do not need to get tested. After speaking with medical personnel, I will continue to follow Department of Health protocol and remain isolated while I lead our government remotely.”

Suarez said he is feeling healthy and strong, though his concern lies with those who have been in his close proximity in recent days.

“I’m concerned for people who have had some measure of contact with me,” he said.

He issued a statement early Friday asking those who have interacted with him to take precautions.

“If we did not shake hands or you did not come into contact with me if I coughed or sneezed, there is no action you need to take whatsoever,” he said. “If we did, however, touch or shake hands, or if I sneezed or coughed near you since Monday, it is recommended that you self-isolate for 14 days, but you do not need to get tested. After speaking with medical personnel, I will continue to follow Department of Health protocol and remain isolated while I lead our government remotely.”

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