In a statement on Tuesday, Oct. 26, Dallas mayor Eric Johnson announced that he tested positive for COVID-19.
In what is termed as a “Breakthrough Case,” Johnson, who has been fully vaccinated against the virus, tested positive after experiencing mild symptoms. Johnson’s wife, who is also fully vaccinated, tested negative.
“This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19,” Johnson said in the statement.
Johnson added that he is only experiencing mild symptoms of the virus because he has received the two doses of the vaccine. “My wife Nikki, who is also fully vaccinated, has tested negative,” he added.
The mayor announced that he had alerted those he and his family had been in contact with recently. “I have notified my recent close contacts about my positive test,” he said. Johnson also revealed that his sons’ schools have also been notified.
Johnson further announced that he had canceled all of his engagements for this week. “I also canceled my Tuesday events to ensure that I did not put anyone at risk,” Johnson said. “Now that I have confirmation of my status, I will be unable to preside over Wednesday’s Dallas City Council meeting and will, unfortunately, have to miss other engagements this week.”
Mayor Johnson said in his statement that he and his wife’s main concern right now is the health of their children, who have not been vaccinated because they are too young to receive the vaccine.
Johnson, in his statement, encouraged Dallas residents who are unvaccinated to get vaccinated. He also urged eligible Dallas residents to get the booster shot when they have the opportunity to do so.
The mayor also thanked those who have kept him in their prayers. Johnson added that he is looking forward to a speedy recovery so he can get back to work on behalf of Dallas residents.