Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams, announced live on Facebook Wednesday, he has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a press release from the City of Abilene, Williams was notified Monday night that he had been in contact with a person Thursday, July 23, who had since tested positive for COVID-19.
After receiving the notification, the mayor was administered a PCR test for COVID-19 Tuesday morning at Hendrick Medical Center and received the results by the end of the day.
Williams said on Facebook Live Wednesday morning:
“I was exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual for less than thirty minutes, and most of that time I even had a mask on. That’s how contagious this disease is.”
“COVID-19 is going to be an unwelcome guest, not just in Abilene, but our entire country, and we’re going to have to learn to live with it. But we’re not just going to live with it; Abilene and our nation is going to thrive.”
Williams has been personally notifying anyone he may have been in contact since July 23 of the positive result, the release said.
He and his household members plan to stay quarantined in their home until advised otherwise by medical professionals and will self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. The release also said that according to the Abilene-Taylor County Health District, the mayor’s July 23 exposure would indicate he may have been spreading the virus and considered contagious, as of Sunday, July 26.
The City is asking anyone who may have been in contact with the mayor and not wearing a face covering to take necessary precautions such as self-quarantine, social distancing and monitor themselves for any symptoms.
Anyone who develops symptoms is asked to contact their primary care physician.