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Pinellas sheriff tested negative for coronavirus a week after diagnosis

“I have a lot of sympathy for those who have moderate and severe cases,” Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Monday. “I’m a very lucky one,"
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday, a week after he was originally diagnosed, he said Monday. “I’m a very lucky one to only experience the minor symptoms I did," he said.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday, a week after he was originally diagnosed, he said Monday. “I’m a very lucky one to only experience the minor symptoms I did," he said. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Aug. 24, 2020|Updated Aug. 26, 2020

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is feeling better a week after being diagnosed with coronavirus, he said Monday.

The sheriff said he got tested Friday at a community health center and received a negative result on Saturday, a week after his agency announced that he had come down with the virus.

He dealt with some fatigue and headaches, but it was overall a mild case, he said. He still can’t taste or smell — “I can’t even smell bleach,” he said.

“I have a lot of sympathy for those who have moderate and severe cases,” Gualtieri said. “It’s terrible. I’m a very lucky one to only experience the minor symptoms I did.”

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The sheriff added that his wife, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Lauralee G. Westine, and their teenage daughter also tested negative.

Gualtieri worked from home following his positive result. No other Sheriff’s Office employees had to take further action, a spokeswoman said at the time, because personnel had practiced “appropriate social distancing” in all meetings, and “people are either more than six feet apart and/or wearing masks or the meetings are accomplished electronically.”

The sheriff said Monday that he will ease back into in-person work. He urged caution as the virus continues to spread in Florida.

“It’s a nasty illness,” he said. “You can’t figure this thing out. That’s why it’s so dangerous. You can’t figure out how people are going to react to it.”

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