Mayor Scott Tests Positive for COVID-19; He’s Asymptomatic But Remains in Quarantine

    Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott (D) has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced Monday.

    The 37-year-old mayor, who received a single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine in March, is feeling fine and continuing to work, but is quarantining at his East Baltimore home, spokesman Cal Harris said.

    Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott (D) at a Maryland League of Conservation Voters event in Baltimore on Sept. 23. Photo by Josh Kurtz.

    “The Mayor regularly gets tested for COVID-19 to safeguard the health of City Hall colleagues and Baltimoreans he meets in the community,” Harris said. “His test results came back negative last Friday, however he received two positive tests today. Mayor Scott is proactively working with the Baltimore City Health Department’s contact tracing units to notify colleagues he came across at outdoor events this past weekend.”

    Scott has made several public appearances over the past few days, according to his published schedules. On Sunday, he marched alongside several elected officials and other dignitaries in the Parade of Latino Nations in East Baltimore.

    On Saturday, he attended an event at the new St. Francis Neighborhood Center and a groundbreaking and block party for Parity Homes, an entity that acquires and rehabilitates abandoned homes.

    On Friday, he delivered 65-gallon rolling recycling bins to homes in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood, met with firefighters to mark Fire Prevention Week and held a news conference on COVID-19 with Dr. Letitia Dzirasa, the city Health commissioner.

    In statements and on social media, several elected officials wished Scott well — and the ones who saw him over the weekend said they would be getting COVID-19 tests very soon.

    The mayor’s office used his positive test as a public service announcement.

    “This serves as another reminder of the vast challenges faced by the ongoing global pandemic,” Harris said. “Despite being vaccinated and following Baltimore City’s health protocols, breakthrough infections are a real threat. This could have been a different situation if Mayor Scott were not vaccinated, which is why he continues to work closely with Commissioner Dzirasa to support ongoing vaccination efforts across Baltimore.”

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