Brandon Scott Reveals He Was Exposed to COVID-19 and Is in Quarantine

    Baltimore Mayor-elect Brandon M. Scott (D) released a statement Thursday evening saying he was exposed to someone with COVID-19 on Saturday and is quarantining at his home.

    Scott, the city council president, said he has tested negative for the coronavirus twice since being exposed to the individual, feels fine, and is working from home.

    Baltimore City Council President Brandon M. Scott (D).

    “Since being notified last Saturday of a potential COVID-19 exposure, I have followed the CDC-recommended guidelines to self-quarantine,” Scott said in the statement. “Since Saturday, I have tested negative for COVID-19 twice, and tested negative on three separate occasions prior to. I continue to consult with the Health Commissioner and Health Department daily, and out of an abundance of caution, will continue my quarantine as long as the public health professionals deem it necessary.”

    Scott, 36, is scheduled to be sworn in as the city’s 52nd mayor next Tuesday ― an event where public access and activities are already going to be severely curtailed because of the virus.

    “Now is not the time for large celebrations,” Scott said recently on Twitter. “Now is the time to lead and show the rest of our city that we have continue to operate under an emergency situation because COVID is real and it’s taking people away from us.”

    The 14 members of the City Council, along with the council president and the city comptroller, are also scheduled to take office next week.

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