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Dallas Mayor Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson | Images by City of Dallas

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Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday morning.

An announcement from the mayor’s office stated that after Johnson discovered he had been around someone who tested positive, he took an at-home antigen test.


The mayor is fully vaccinated and has received a booster shot. He is currently experiencing mild cold-like symptoms and is consulting with his doctor about an appropriate period of isolation, according to the announcement.

“I expect to continue working in isolation, and I am looking forward to returning to Dallas City Hall as soon as I am medically cleared to do so,” Mayor Johnson stated.

“I also want to once again take this opportunity to encourage our residents to get a vaccine, a booster shot, and a second booster if and when they are eligible to do so,” Mayor Johnson added. “While our lives are largely back to normal, the virus is still with us. Know your risk factors, take appropriate precautions, and be kind to others who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.”

Mayor Johnson also advised residents to order free COVID test kits from the federal government.

This is the mayor’s second positive COVID diagnosis. His first occurred in October 2021. At that time, Johnson was fully vaccinated but had not yet received a booster shot. He experienced only mild symptoms during that bout.

The mayor’s diagnosis contributed to the postponement of a special-called meeting scheduled for Thursday to review the performances of Dallas’ city auditor, Mark S. Swann, and embattled city manager, T.C. Broadnax.

The postponement was announced in a press release on Tuesday, which also stated that Johnson had reached an agreement with Broadnax on how to move forward together.

Broadnax and Swann’s performance reviews will now take place in August after the city council’s July recess.     

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