Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Wednesday afternoon that he and his wife, Steph Hogsett, have begun quarantining after having close contact with a person last weekend who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.
Neither Mayor Hogsett, 64, nor his wife were exhibiting symptoms of the disease, according to the announcement. Based on guidance from the Marion County Public Health Department, they plan to be tested at the end of the week.
They expect to remain in quarantine at least through Dec. 4. The announcement provided no other details.
Hogsett is far from the first public official in Indiana to decide to quarantine after a close brush with someone with the disease.
Gov. Eric Holcomb and his wife, Janet, began quarantining on Nov. 17 after several members of the governor’s security team tested positive for COVID-19. They tested negative for the infection several days later and reported no symptoms. They plan to continue to stay in isolation until Dec. 1.
The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 6,059 new COVID-19 cases, the 15th straight day that it has reported more than 5,000 new cases.
Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Indiana rose to another all-time high, from 3,279 on Monday to 3,363 on Tuesday. Since the pandemic began earlier this year, 5,232 Hoosiers have died due to the disease.