A controversial Democrat, who runs a city with a history of civil rights movements, became infected with the deadly Asian disease just weeks after trying to silence the president.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tested positive to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus after speaking at a media opportunity where she came in direct contact with 50 family members, including those of Secoriea Turner, an 8-year-old girl who was shot dead in the Big Peach, on July 4.
“I got a test last Monday, just a routine test because I started getting tested regularly,” she told MSNBC News. “I was out yesterday doing a press conference with 50 family members and [the] press. My test came back [positive as] I was able to get a rapid test the same day.”
Bottoms, who on May 31 told CNN’s “State of the Union” that she wished President Donald Trump would stop talking about “anarchist” anti-police protests, confirmed her office informed the grieving family of the potentially bad news.
“I immediately began doing the necessary thing,” she said. “I even reached out to Secoriea’s parents, or someone from my team did, to let them know because I was with them yesterday.”
The mayor insists she had no idea she was carrying the virus.
“COVID-19 [CCP Virus] has literally hit home,” she said on Twitter. “I have had no symptoms and have tested positive.”
She will stay at home in isolation for several days and spend the time hoping family members, who she came into contact with, do not end up suffering the same fate.
“I will be in one place in my home office for the next two weeks and praying that the rest of my family is healthy,” she said. “This is startling for me because we have been so very careful but certainly we are not immune … as I see this growing list of symptoms, you can’t assume that it is seasonal allergy, you can’t assume that a mouth cough are your seasonal allergies.”
Georgia in just the past week has seen record numbers of positive coronavirus tests. The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 97,064 CCP Virus cases, 2,878 deaths, and 11,919 hospitalizations on July 6.
Mayor Bottoms also shared with CNN’s Chris Cuomo that her husband and one of their children also tested positive.