July 7, 2020 / 12:02 AM / a month ago

Atlanta mayor tests positive for COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, speaks at the Concordia Summit in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said on Monday that she has tested positive for COVID-19, but has not shown symptoms of the respiratory illness.

“COVID-19 has literally hit home,” the first-term mayor of Georgia’s state capital city said on Twitter.

“I’m still processing all of this, I’m shocked,” Bottoms said on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber.

She said she had no symptoms of the virus, apart from a mild headache and cough, which she attributed to season allergies.

Bottoms said that she and her family wear masks in public and are thoughtful about maintaining social distancing and washing hands.

She said she plans to continue with her duties as mayor by working in isolation in her home office for the next two weeks.

Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Chicago; additional reporting my Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Sandra Maler and Sam Holmes

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