LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County commissioner Jimbo Jackson, his wife and his brother have tested positive for coronavirus.
In a statement sent by a county spokesperson on behalf of Jackson, he said that while he and his wife's symptoms have been mild, the virus has spread to his disabled brother. The commissioner said that his brother has several "health-related vulnerabilities" so they're monitoring him closely.
"Let me assure you, this virus is very serious and is not to be taken lightly. I cannot tell you when I have ever felt this ill for such an extended period of time," Jackson wrote.
Since testing positive, Jackson said they've been quarantining and provided the Florida Department of Health the contact information for all the people he's come into contact with over the past two weeks.
You can read Jackson's full statement below:
I can confirm my wife and I have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been quarantining at home since the results.
Our symptoms have been relatively mild by comparison and have not required hospitalization or dramatic treatment. Unfortunately, the virus has spread to my 55 year-old disabled brother and we are monitoring him very closely as he has several health-related vulnerabilities.
Upon receiving my results, I provided the Florida Department of Health the contact information for all those I have come into contact with over the past two weeks. I also wanted to thank that public health team for their important contact tracing efforts during this pandemic.
Let me assure you, this virus is very serious and is not to be taken lightly. I cannot tell you when I have ever felt this ill for such an extended period of time. We are improving daily but everyone needs to be mindful of how debilitating this can be to the least among us...like my own brother. We need to remain vigilant, take care and show respect for our friends and neighbors by using social distancing, practicing safe hygiene and wearing a mask when we’re out in public.
Thank you for respecting me and my family’s privacy as we care for and heal from this awful, non-discriminating, and invisible enemy to ALL of our daily lives.
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