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2 more City Council members in quarantine after exposure to colleague with COVID-19

City Councilman Scott Wilson’s positive test prompted cancellation of regular Tuesday meeting

File photo of City Council
File photo of City Council

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two more members of Jacksonville’s City Council are dealing with the realities of COVID-19 exposure.

The two members in quarantine are Councilwoman Brenda Priestly Jackson, who represents District 10 and Councilman Randy White, who represents District 12, both encompassing portions of the city’s Westside.

Scott Wilson told News4Jax on Monday that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Wilson said he has some nasal congestion but no other symptoms.

Priestly Jackson posted an update Tuesday afternoon on Twitter, saying that she and her family all tested negative with rapid response tests but that they must remain in quarantine until they can retest Thursday because of the virus' incubation period.

Wilson told News4Jax that he was at an in-person council meeting last week.

Priestly Jackson said on Twitter that she sat next to Wilson at that meeting and walked around with him, which placed her in the exposure zone.

White, who was also at the meeting, also has not tested positive. At least 11 other staff members are working from home.

City Council was scheduled to have a regular meeting on Tuesday night, but after Wilson’s diagnosis, the council meeting was canceled. News4Jax learned Tuesday afternoon that the meeting will not be rescheduled.

In March, Councilman Sam Newby was one of the first public figures in Jacksonville to test positive for the coronavirus. Newby was hospitalized during treatment and eventually recovered.

About the Authors:

A Jacksonville native and proud University of North Florida alum, Francine Frazier has been with News4Jax since 2014 after spending nine years at The Florida Times-Union.

Jim Piggott is the reporter to count on when it comes to city government and how it will affect the community.