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Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy Tests Positive For COVID-19, Council Discusses Going Back To Virtual Meetings


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Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. Deasy announced on Twitter Wednesday, “I tested positive for Covid this morning after waking up with a mild sore throat. Thankful to be vaccinated so symptoms are so mild.” While waiting for his test results, Deasy attended Tuesday afternoon’s City Council meeting in council chambers. Four other members were there as well including Vice Mayor Becky Daggett and councilmembers Regina Salas, Jim McCarthy and Miranda Sweet. Explained why he attended Tuesday’s meeting, Deasy tweeted, “I had a known exposure 14 days earlier, which is why I was virtual at the prior meeting and disclosed it. After four negative tests since and being asymptomatic, I returned in person. CDC guidelines is only five days. I exceeded protocol.” He also reminds the public about getting tested after being exposed or experiencing symptoms to, “please get tested if you have any symptoms whatsoever. What is mild to you can be deadly to others.” Council will go back to virtual meetings for at least the next three weeks and will discuss the city’s phasing and possibly new testing location at next Tuesday’s meeting.