Atlanta Mayor-elect Andre Dickens in quarantine after positive COVID-19 test

City of Atlanta mayor-elect Andre Dickens spoke during the even highlighting the bright future of the area for global health and mentioned the importance of the location with direct access to Marta Station, Tech Square, and the proximity to the airport. Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Miguel Martinez for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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City of Atlanta mayor-elect Andre Dickens spoke during the even highlighting the bright future of the area for global health and mentioned the importance of the location with direct access to Marta Station, Tech Square, and the proximity to the airport. Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Miguel Martinez for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Credit: Miguel Martinez for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Mayor-elect Andre Dickens is quarantining a day after he tested positive for the coronavirus, his spokesman said Tuesday morning.

Austin Wagner, the communications director for Dickens’ campaign, said Dickens is doing well after experiencing mild symptons. Dickens should be better some time next week after staying inside for the next 10 days, Wagner said.

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Wagner did not immediately say if anyone else on Dickens’ team has tested positive.

Dickens said Monday night via Twitter that he received his diagnosis after taking a rapid test. He said he’s uncertain where or when he was exposed. He also urged anyone who has come into contact with him during the past week to get tested and to quarantine until they’ve received a negative result.

Dickens and other newly elected mayors met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris last Tuesday. He also attended the UNCF’s Mayor’s Masked Ball at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on Saturday.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms attended the event as well. A Bottoms spokesman said she has been tested and her results were negative.

By Tuesday afternoon, Bottoms issued an executive order to reinstate the citywide indoor mask mandate, requiring masks to be worn in all public buildings, including inside private businesses.

“The CDC has designated Fulton and DeKalb counties as areas of high transmission for the COVID-19 virus. Given this recent surge across the Atlanta area, and based upon the counsel from public health professionals, I am reinstating the citywide mask mandate,” said Bottoms in a statement. “We are watching the data daily and will continue to engage experts for guidance on how best to provide for the safety and wellbeing of our communities.”

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