Carmel mayor reveals he caught virus weeks ago, recovered at home

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Jim Brainard

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard tested positive for COVID-19 in early November and has since made a recovery after quarantining in his home.

Brainard said Wednesday that Aria Diagnostics, the city’s contracted COVID-19 testing provider, administered his nasal swab COVID-19 test on Nov. 6 at its drive-up testing site at the Carmel United Methodist Church. The next day, Brainard received his positive results and started to self-quarantine in his home. After experiencing what he calls mild symptoms, he now says he’s fully recovered.

“I thought it could be allergies, maybe a cold,” Brainard said. “I was told your most dangerous days are days five through 10. You either get better, or you get really sick. Fortunately, I got better.”

Brainard said he started feeling ill on Nov. 4. He experienced a headache, fatigue, chest congestion, a dry cough and a loss of his sense of smell. Brainard said he isolated himself for 20 days after receiving his results and continued working from home.

The city of Carmel entered into a contract with Aria in late March, and its first responders have been tested weekly since then. Brainard said he doesn’t know where he might have picked up the virus, especially given that carriers can be most contagious before they even begin to show symptoms.

“I was extremely careful. I’ve been working from home and I’ve—for the most part—been avoiding large groups of people,” Brainard said. “This is a very insidious virus that’s extremely contagious, and people need to be careful until we get the community vaccinated here in the next few weeks.”

Other than feeling slightly tired, Brainard said he’s back to normal. He reiterated health professionals’ orders to wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands.

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7 thoughts on “Carmel mayor reveals he caught virus weeks ago, recovered at home

  1. Why Carmelites keep re-electing that man is a mystery. I guess they like huge municipal debt, the bill for which their children and grandchildren will get stuck paying.

    1. Paul, Carmel continues to elect Jim Brainard because he has been so effective at improving the city. His use of municipal debt is remarkably effective. You may already know that property taxes in Carmel have gone down during his 25 years. As a bigger city, we are able to use economies of scale to provide more services at a lower cost. At the same time, home values have gone up at a higher rate than any community in central Indiana.

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