MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has announced she’s tested positive for the coronavirus.
The mayor and her husband are quarantining at home. She said they’ve only experienced mild symptoms.READ MORE: Miami-Dade, Broward County Public Schools To Continue Free Summer Food Distribution
“We have cold symptoms: sniffles, runny nose, cough, a little fatigue – him more than me,” she told CBS4. “And hopefully we will continue with mild symptoms.”
Levine Cava said she started experiencing symptoms on Sunday when she returned home from a camping trip at the Everglades with her husband.
“We had a very rigorous trip. And we did not feel sick at all. Sunday, we started to feel both of us a little sick,” she said.
Earlier today I tested positive for COVID-19, after learning that my husband, Dr. Robert Cava, was exposed by one of his patients last Wednesday; he also tested positive today. Rob and I are quarantining at home. We both remain in good spirits and have only mild symptoms.
— Daniella Levine Cava (@MayorDaniella) November 30, 2020
The mayor contracted the virus from her husband, Dr. Robert Cava, who was exposed by a patient on Wednesday.READ MORE: WalletHub Survey Ranks Florida Second Most 'Fun State'; Miami Nightlife: 'Anything, But Affordable'
That same day, Levine Cava was at a turkey distribution event.
She said she was not with her husband until later that night.
The mayor mentioned they were not accompanied by anyone else on their getaway. She added that she didn’t contract the virus at any of her prior events as she has followed CDC guidelines.
“We believe that we have taken all the proper precautions. But I’m sure we can all double down and I think that is true for everyone,” she said.
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Levine Cava has urged holiday travelers to follow CDC guidelines, and continues to stress the importance of COVID testing.
“If you have any of the symptoms associated with COVID, it is COVID until proven otherwise,” she said.
Levine Cava, 65, assumed office Nov. 17 after being elected earlier in the month. The Democrat had previously served as a county commissioner since 2014.MORE NEWS: SEE IT: Puppy Back With Owner After Dognapping At West Miami-Dade Animal Clinic Caught On Cam
Levine Cava’s predecessor, Congressman-elect Carlos Gimenez, tested positive for coronavirus last week. The Republican is set to assume his new office Jan. 3.