The Coronavirus in Greater Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner tests positive for COVID-19

In a statement, the mayor revealed he tested positive Friday afternoon after feeling sick overnight.

Mayor Sylvester Turner gets his first COVID-19 vaccine dose on Jan. 5, 2020.

Mayor Sylvester Turner has tested positive for COVID-19, the Houston official announced Friday.

In a statement, the mayor revealed that he felt sick overnight, but believed it was allergies or a sinus infection.

He tested positive Friday afternoon.

“Before and after getting my test results, I canceled all events for today and the weekend,” Turner said. “My symptoms are mild, and I will spend the next several days isolating myself at home and getting some rest.”

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