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U.S. Attorney Larry Keefe announces COVID-19 diagnosis

He says he'll run office remotely
Posted at 12:35 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 12:37:06-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Larry Keefe, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

According to a release from Sachs Media, Keefe tested positive for COVID-19, which he said he most likely contracted when he was dealing with an unrelated family medical emergency in Charleston, South Carolina.

"Mr. Keefe is currently doing well and is self-isolating while directing the activities of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, remotely. He said he feels as if he is dealing with the onset of a cold and is following all protocols recommended by medical experts," the statement written by Ron Sachs read.

The release stated that Keefe hasn't been in office since a "brief visit" on June 9.

He will continue to conduct his professional work remotely, as he self-quarantines, until cleared by medical experts who are working with him.

He was scheduled to meet with federal and state law enforcement officials and community leaders to discuss gun violence Tuesday in Gainesville and later this week in Pensacola, but will instead “attend” those meetings virtually via computer.

"I have come to know Mr. Keefe as someone with the highest caliber of character – and whose highest concern is always the well-being of others. I know he wants to do everything possible to ensure that he doesn’t expose anyone else to COVID-19," Sachs wrote. "He is also committed to transparency in conducting the business of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and wanted to let the public know about his situation."