BRAINTREE, Mass. — The mayor of Braintree is recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19 late last week.
According to The Patriot Ledger, Mayor Charles Kokoros found out last week that he may have been exposed to COVID-19, he said in a statement, and immediately talked with the town’s public health nurses and started taking precautions to prevent exposure to others.
Kokoros said he learned Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19.
“While I have experienced symptoms, I am recovering and continuing to work from home,” he said in the statement. “I look forward to returning to town hall once I have made a full recovery.”
Kokoros said the town’s health department performed contact tracing and scheduled testing for people who were likely in close contact to the mayor. He said all of those people have tested negative for the virus and are following all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state Department of Public Health.
“This is a serious illness as I now know firsthand.” he said. “The only way we can prevent the spread is by practicing social distancing, wearing masks and keeping our hands clean and we must continue ‘coming together by staying apart’ to protect ourselves and those around us. Please stay vigilant as we reopen our businesses and rejoin our community for social activities. I want you to remain COVID-19 free.”
Coronavirus trends in Massachusetts have started showing promising signs, as daily data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health shows that coronavirus deaths, hospitalizations and test rates are trending down.