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Mayor Adams isolating, taking antiviral medication after positive COVID test

Mayor Adams isolating, taking antiviral medication after positive COVID test
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Mayor Adams isolating, taking antiviral medication after positive COVID test

Mayor Adams isolating, taking antiviral medication after positive COVID test

NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams is in isolation Monday after testing positive for COVID-19

He learned of the infection Sunday, as he marked his 100th day in office.

As CBS2’s John Dias reported, it’s business as usual at City Hall — the only thing missing is the city’s leader. Adams is home at Gracie Mansion and working remotely.

On Sunday night, the mayor tweeted in part, “Thankfully, I’m vaccinated and boosted so symptoms are minimal.”

A spokesperson said it was his raspy voice that prompted him to take a test. He was also heard coughing at times during a radio interview Sunday. 

It comes after a whirlwind of appearances, including an event for journalists and politicians called the Gridiron Dinner nine days ago in Washington, D.C. So far, 72 people have since tested positive.

The mayor’s positive test has some rethinking COVID restrictions, such as masking indoors, and whether they should return to New York. 

“Anybody can catch COVID now, because no one is doing the right protection. Everybody should be wearing masks,” Bronx resident Melton Hill told Dias. 

“If you’re vaccinated, I think it should be optional,” Upper West Side resident Chris Clegg said.

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“I don’t think we need the restrictions right now, but yeah everybody should be cautious,” said Upper West Side resident Lois Freedman.

Cases are on the rise in New York City, with 3.3% testing positive on a seven-day average, but not as high as the surge over the winter with the Omicron variant. 

Frank Tsiamtsiouris, who owns Meteo Diner on the Upper West Side, told Dias adding new COVID precautions could crush business again, just when things are really picking up.

“We have to move on with mask mandates and all of that. The customers are beginning to feel a lot more comfortable,” Tsiamtsiouris said. “We have dividers here, we have precautions.”

The Biden administration’s new coronavirus response coordinator said on CBS Mornings since hospitalizations are still down nationwide, he doesn’t think any changes are needed to masking requirements yet.

“If it gets substantially worse, we’re going to want to look at issues like masking. But at this moment, these numbers are still quite low. And I think we need to continue focusing on protecting people with vaccines and treatments,” said Dr. Ashish Jha.

Jha also said everyone 60 and older or in their 50s with underlying health conditions should get their second booster.

As for Adams, he said he is taking antiviral medication, which is currently free for eligible New Yorkers.

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