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ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Monday that she had tested positive for COVID-19.
The 50-year-old Democrat is among the women named as potential vice presidential candidates for alleged presidential candidate Joe Biden.
“COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had no symptoms and tested positive, “Bottoms tweeted.
She told MSNBC that she decided that her family members should be tested again because her husband “has literally been sleeping since Thursday.” She said the only other symptoms that she and her husband have experienced are those similar to the allergies they have.
“It leaves me speechless because I think it really speaks to how contagious this virus is,” Bottoms told MSNBC. “We have taken every precaution you can possibly take. We wear masks, we think a lot about washing our hands, I have no idea when and where we were exposed. ”
Bottoms’ national profile has risen in recent months as mayor managing the coronavirus pandemic and amid national race trial that followed the murder of unarmed black man George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer on 25 of May.
A first-term mayor, Bottoms issued a firm request for a peaceful protest when protesters gathered in the downtown streets after Floyd’s murder, and urged protesters to take the COVID-19 test. He invoked Atlanta’s civil rights history and his personal experience as a mother of black children. She gained applause from progressives after firing Atlanta officials for using excessive force during the protests.
She has also been known for previously criticizing Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp for his slowness in ordering Georgians to take refuge in his place and his quickness to lift that order.
Bottoms was an early supporter and vocal for Biden, who has been considering Bottoms as his potential fellow presidential vice president in his own presidential bid.
Violence in the city has worsened since protesters set fire to a fast food restaurant where a white officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks after he grabbed an electric pistol and ran. Armed people have been handling obstacles at the site and an 8-year-old girl was shot dead near the site on Saturday. At the same time, some police officers have refused to answer calls, angered that the district attorney has charged officers in the Brooks shooting.
Atlanta police again broke obstacles at the site on Monday, but that was not enough for Kemp, who said he was mobilizing up to 1,000 National Guard soldiers after an increase in shootings in Atlanta.