New Haven Republican Mayor Steve McMichael has tested positive for COVID-19, and several members of his staff at city hall have gone home to isolate themselves pending test results, he said Thursday.
McMichael said he began experiencing multiple mild symptoms Monday morning at work and immediately went home and got tested.
Although he was coughing and feeling chest congestion and shortness of breath, he did not have a fever, he said. Fever is a symptom often used to screen people for the illness caused by the novel conronavirus.
"Frankly, I was shocked when it (the test) came back positive," McMichael said, adding he also felt "complete exhaustion" by Tuesday.
People McMichael came into close contact with within 48 hours of developing symptoms were notified to isolate at home, including "three or four" who work at city hall, he said.
He learned of the positive results early Thursday.
McMichael said he has been working from home and has not left except to get tested at the Optum Health site on Paulding Road. He attended this week's government meetings and a doctor visit virtually.
McMichael said he has been treating symptoms and feels "reasonably well." He thanked the residents of New Haven and the greater Fort Wayne community for their well wishes.
"I have dozens of texts on my phone," he said during a Thursday morning interview. "Everything is very much appreciated."
He urged area residents to go home if they feel ill, get tested and stay home as recommended by health authorities.