Democratic Atlanta, Georgia Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has become a prominent figure in recent weeks following the police-related death of Rayshard Brooks.
She is now making headlines for a more personal reason, confirming in a social media post this week that she has tested positive for COVID-19, as reported by the Daily Caller.
“Has literally hit home”
Bottoms has reportedly supported peaceful protests in the city, even joining demonstrators gathered in opposition to racial inequality and police brutality.
Medical experts indicate the virus is less likely to spread in outdoor settings than inside a building, and the mayor reportedly wore a mask during her participation in the local protests.
While it is unclear how Bottoms contracted the virus, she appears to have taken precautions personally and was a vocal opponent of Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to reopen the state’s economy from pandemic-related shutdown.
Nevertheless, she said the coronavirus “has literally hit home” with the news that she has contracted it.
“Perfect storm of distress”
“I have NO symptoms and have tested positive,” she tweeted on Monday.
As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, Bottoms confirmed others in her immediate family have also contracted the virus. She said her husband and one of their children tested positive.
Another child received a negative result and two others still need to be tested, the mayor said. She added that she had also recently visited her mother, who would also need to be tested for COVID-19.
As mayor, she has continued to focus on the “perfect storm of distress” — a public health crisis and violence stemming from ongoing protests — that has plagued her city in recent days.
“He has called in the National Guard”
“The irony of that is that I asked Governor Kemp to allow us to mandate masks in Atlanta and he said no,” she said in a recent interview. “But he has called in the National Guard without asking if we needed the National Guard.”
Bottoms might continue placing blame at state leadership, but her own story serves as further evidence that wearing a mask and taking other safety precautions does not provide blanket protection against this insidious virus.