WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday that she had tested positive for COVID-19 and would “work from home while following isolation protocols.”
In a series of posts on Twitter, Bowser said she took a home test on Wednesday after developing “cold-like” symptoms. She then confirmed these positive results with a PCR test, which is more accurate.
Bowser, 49, was elected mayor in 2014 and will run for a third term later this year. Her older sister Mercia died of complications from COVID-19 in February 2021 at the age of 64.
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Bowser’s positive test comes amid a mini-outbreak in high-level Washington political circles after Saturday night’s Gridiron Club dinner. More than a dozen guests who attended the A-list event — including two Cabinet members, reporters and several members of Congress — tested positive this week.
Bowser’s office said she did not attend the Gridiron event.
Virus measures in Washington have increased over the past month according to the city’s health department. The weekly case rate per 100,000 population fell from 51 at the start of March to 110 at the end of March. But that’s still well below the weekly case rate of 865 per 100,000 population reported in the second week of January during the surge of the omicron variant,
Bowser has lifted most of the district’s COVID restrictions, including mask and vaccine mandates in most indoor spaces. His last public event was a Tuesday night conference sponsored by Axios.