Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms revealed Monday that she has contracted the coronavirus, as Georgia and other southern states that reopened their economies early see a starling spike in cases.
“COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive,” Bottoms tweeted Monday afternoon.
Bottoms is reportedly being considered as a running mate by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Georgia’s Department of Health reported Monday that there were 97,064 confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 2,878 confirmed deaths as the numbers continue to rise following GOP Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to reopen the economy.
Over the last 14 days, the average daily increase in newly confirmed cases was 2,224 new cases a day, according to Atlanta’s NBC News television affiliate.
Over the previous 14-day period, the average daily increase in newly confirmed cases was 935.
Cases have also been spiking in Florida, Texas and Arizona, NBC News reported.
SOURCE: New York Post, Bob Fredericks