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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry tests positive for COVID-19

Mayor Lenny Curry
WJCT
Mayor Lenny Curry

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has tested positive for COVID-19, according to his office. In a statement, Curry said he is fully vaccinated and will isolate at home all week. 

The city said Curry experienced "mild cold-like symptoms" and tested positive in an at-home COVID test.

The news came just hours after the mayor did not attend a press conference in Jacksonville with Gov. Ron DeSantis. The city had no comment on the removal of 10 community members from the room before the press conference and the arrest of activist Ben Frazier.

"The mayor was not able to attend because of a family commitment. Dr. [Charles] Moreland, who is the subject matter expert for testing, vaccines and antibody treatment for the city, was there in his place. We have no further comment," the mayor's spokesperson, Nikki Kimbleton, wrote in an email.

Duval County reported more than 8,000 new COVID cases last week, according to the latest available data, compared with fewer than 300 a month ago.

Claire joined WJCT as a reporter in August 2021. She was previously the local host of NPR's Morning Edition at WUOT in Knoxville, Tennessee. During her time in East Tennessee, her coverage of the COVID pandemic earned a Public Media Journalists’ Association award for investigative reporting. You can reach Claire at (904) 250-0926 or on Twitter @ClaireHeddles.