New York City Mayor Eric Adams has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement from the mayor’s press secretary Fabien Levy, he said that Adams woke up on Sunday morning with a “raspy voice,” and took a PCR test out of an “abundance of caution.”
“This AM, @NYCMayor woke up with a raspy voice and, out of an abundance of caution, took a PCR test that has come back positive,” Levy wrote on Twitter. “At this time, the mayor has no other symptoms, but he is already isolating and will be cancelling all public events for the week.”
.@NYCMayor is also going to immediately begin taking the anti-viral meds offered for free to NYC residents and encourages all New Yorkers eligible for these meds to take them as well.
While he is isolating, he will continue to serve New Yorkers by working remotely.
— Fabien Levy (@Fabien_Levy) April 10, 2022
Adams was scheduled to speak Sunday morning at the opening day ribbon cutting of Deno’s Wonder Wheel in Coney Island. He was also scheduled to appear live on “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart” on MSNBC.
⚡️ NYC Mayor Adams tests positive for COVID
Adams went into isolation, canceled his public events for the rest of the week and planned to begin taking antiviral medication, his office stated.https://t.co/T8vCQnS2Ic
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 10, 2022
— Madina Touré (@madinatoure) April 10, 2022
Clearly he was around too many unmasked toddlers.
BREAKING: NYC Mayor Eric Adams tests positive for COVID-19 https://t.co/Q3ERiwJIql
— libby emmons (@libbyemmons) April 10, 2022
As the Gothamist noted, Adams attended last weekend’s D.C. superspreader event:
The mayor attended last Saturday’s Gridiron Dinner in Washington, D.C. The dinner has been reported as superspreader event after it was tied to more than 50 COVID-19 cases, including several high profile public officials.
Adams maintained a packed schedule over the last week, making appearances on Broadway, at the annual convention for the National Action Network, and in Albany, among other stops.
On Thursday, Adams attended the premiere of a film festival dedicated to bringing awareness to people living with disabilities. Following news of his positive COVID test on Sunday, photos of Adams not wearing a mask at the event drew concern from some advocates, who noted that many others in attendance wore face coverings.
“It does give me pause,” said Jim Lebrecht, a filmmaker and disability rights activist affiliated with the film festival. “When we enter any space, we have to be sensitive to the needs and desires of the people within that space.”
“The mayor does set an example,” he added.
While Adams partied maskless, he has remained relentless to keep masks on toddlers.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams today: “The city would mandate children aged 2 to 4 to continue wearing masks.”
Meanwhile, here he is at a party, maskless 👇pic.twitter.com/W4PZbrMMT6
— Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) April 3, 2022