Kalamazoo Mayor David Anderson tested positive for COVID-19, the City of Kalamazoo announced in a press release.
“I am experiencing mild symptoms and will be self-isolating until I am cleared by medical professionals to exit quarantine and return to work,” Anderson said.
The release said Anderson has informed the City Commission and the City Manager and is following all necessary protocols for quarantine while recuperating at home.
“Let this serve as a reminder to everyone in our community that COVID-19 is real, and we must all do our part to keep our community safe,” Anderson said. “It’s critical we reduce our risk by following guidance from the CDC, and the Kalamazoo County Health Department which includes practicing social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and wearing masks when in public. I also encourage residents be vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available.”
As of Jan. 11, the Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department has reported more than 13,000 cases and more than 270 COVID-19 related deaths in Kalamazoo County, according to the release.
“Continued health and safety are a top priority for the City of Kalamazoo and I encourage every resident to continue to take precautions by wearing masks, washing their hands often and practicing social distancing to help prevent the spread of this serious illness,” said Jim Ritsema, Kalamazoo City Manager.