Supervisor Gordon Mar is the first San Francisco elected official to report a positive COVID-19 test result. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Supervisor Gordon Mar tests positive for COVID-19

District 4 representative reports ‘minor symptoms’

Supervisor Gordon Mar has become the first elected official in San Francisco to test positive for COVID-19, he announced Thursday.

“As all of us should, I’ve been getting tested regularly for COVID-19 since the onset of this public health crisis,” Mar said in a statement. “Today, my test result came back positive for COVID-19. My family is getting tested immediately. Fortunately, my symptoms are minor.”

Mar said he “will continue to work remotely to serve my constituents.”

It’s possible Mar contracted the illness this past weekend on a family camping trip in Tahoe before school started again for his daughter.

“This was the only trip outside of the Bay Area I’ve taken since the start of the health pandemic,” Mar said in a text message to the San Francisco Examiner.

He noted that prior to the trip he held few community events and was going to City Hall once or twice a week.

Mar was tested on Tuesday, the earliest he could schedule a test once he returned to San Francisco.

Since March, San Francisco has confirmed 8,611 cases of COVID-19 and 72 deaths. The City is currently averaging about 99 new cases per day.

“I ask every person in San Francisco to please take this pandemic seriously, take the steps required by our public health orders, and take care,” Mar said.

This story was updated with additional information.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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