“I’m serious about this,” Smith said. “I’m not playing around. I appreciate his position in Georgia, being a senator, but it’s irresponsible for him to be here, I think, and to put our community in danger.”
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Smith told local press Wednesday evening that after the deputy was stationed outside Thompson's home, the senator called and informed the sheriff he would leave town.
Centers for Disease Control guidelines say someone who has tested positive for coronavirus can end isolation if he or she has not had a fever for three days, other symptoms have subsided and it's been seven days since symptoms first appeared.
Smith said he called Thompson on Tuesday and asked him not to come Franklin County.
“I called him when he was on his way down and asked him why he was coming and he said he had a clean bill of health,” Smith said. “We’re one of the few counties in Florida that has not had a case yet and we want to keep it that way.”
Smith said Thompson arrived at the private St. George Plantation community "in a caravan of three cars" late Tuesday. He said he's not sure how many people are with the senator.
"I read his Facebook page and he had 'hashtag stay home' — and he's down here in Florida," Smith said. "If he had just stayed home we wouldn't be in this problem. We wouldn't be doing this."
Thompson is one of six state lawmakers who say they have tested positive for the coronavirus. A seventh is presumed to have the virus but has not taken a test.
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