SF mayor, supervisor tested after exposure to COVID-19

Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Shamann Walton were notified Wednesday that they may have been exposed to a person infected...

Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Shamann Walton were notified Wednesday that they may have been exposed to a person infected with the coronavirus at a recent event.

Breed announced that she was tested for the coronavirus and is awaiting the results. The mayor said she was following guidance for those with low-to-moderate exposure and planned to limit her attendance at public events for the next 10 days.

Both Breed and Walton declined to provide details about where the exposure happened, but Breed said the infected person in her case was aware they had tested positive for COVID-19.

“I know people want to be out in public right now, but this disease is killing people,” Breed said on Twitter. “It’s simply reckless for those who have tested positive go out and risk the lives of others. I cannot stress this enough: if you test positive, it’s on you to stay home and not expose others.”

Walton confirmed his exposure in a text message to the San Francisco Examiner.

Months into the pandemic, Breed and Walton are The City’s first top elected officials to confirm they were exposed to the virus as cases surge throughout the Bay Area.

The news comes a day after Breed and Walton attended a press conference alongside at least two dozen community members calling for justice in the fatal July 4 shooting of a six-year-old boy in Bayview.

A spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office said they could not confirm the specific event due to patient privacy laws.

Walton said he was tested Wednesday after being notified by medical officials, but did not say if he received his results yet.

“I have been tested and also have informed anyone else who I know that was there to do the same,” Walton said. He added that “if I ever test positive, I will let everyone know.”

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Update July 9, 9:56 a.m.: Supervisor Walton has recieved his results and tested negative, he said. A mayoral spokesperson said Breed has yet to receive her test results.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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