Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey announced he tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday morning in a recorded statement to Tallahassee residents posted to his Twitter account.
Dailey said he contracted the disease despite being fully vaccinated, including the COVID-19 booster. However, he said he has only light symptoms thanks to those vaccinations.
“Even though I am fully vaccinated and had my booster shot, it is a stark reminder at how transmissible COVID-19 is,” Dailey said.
He also encouraged Tallahassee residents to keep taking COVID-19 precautions seriously and plugged a website that connects residents with local COVID-19 resources.
“I want to encourage everyone out there, get tested, get your vaccination, get boosted, let’s wear our mask, let’s do our part to get everybody safe and healthy,” he said.
The Mayor’s announcement comes as COVID-19 cases are spiking in Leon County. The county has seen 1,048 new COVID-19 cases in the past seven days, a 482% increase from the previous week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To meet increased testing demand, the Leon County government has added pop-up testing sites on select days.