Hogsett, wife in quarantine after potential COVID-19 contact

Mayor Joe Hogsett at the groundbreaking for the Pando apartments. The project aims to first help young adults who have aged out of foster care to secure a safe living arrangement, then to offer them support resources. (IBJ photo/Eric Learned)

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.

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13 thoughts on “Hogsett, wife in quarantine after potential COVID-19 contact

    1. Robert he has been hiding out in his basement but still has to have door dash or uber eats so that is probably how he had potential exposure lol.

    2. +1 Robert. I did see him cutting his grass one workday and an occasional walk to the mailbox alone to get his mail wearing a mask? Downtown was on fire/riots, now just vacant. And Boss Hogsett has only been in the city for the occasional diversity march/photo-op.

  1. Thank you Mayor Hogsett and Governor Holcomb for demonstrating responsible behavior to quarantine and wear masks. It’s difficult to quarantine – especially at holiday time – but you’re doing the right thing to protect others. Hopefully your example inspires others to be equally responsible and protective of others.

    1. “Difficult to quarantine at holiday time?”

      Politicians have been indirectly “quarantining” human behavior for 255 days. So much for flattening the curve.

      The CDC just changed their mind again by the way. It’s only 7 days quarantine now, maybe 10 if you’d like.

      Kinda like masks.

      Fauci: Don’t wear them.

      Month or so later: Wear them.

      Goal posts keep moving.

      Flu is gone?
      Common cold gone?
      Rapid tests have major false negatives and false positives.

      Time for civil liberties to be decided by constituents, not authoritarian people swinging and missing with ideas…

    2. JCB: Get better news sources. You’re being had.

      Also, you have no idea how science works. Or how people should behave when they’re at war with a virus…

    3. Joe says: “you have no idea how science works.”

      Directed at a guy who’s degree is in science and works in healthcare.

      Thankfully I don’t need the “news” to explain data, or the lack their of, to me.

      Keep trying!

    4. Same here… and your attitudes show you’ve still got much to learn. Science never knows all the answers, it’s always learning.

    5. Also, let’s do a little dissection on what you don’t need the “news” to explain to you…

      “Politicians have been indirectly “quarantining” human behavior for 255 days. So much for flattening the curve.”

      The quarantines in the United States have never been sufficient. Those done elsewhere, including places like New Zealand and Australia, have worked.

      “The CDC just changed their mind again by the way. It’s only 7 days quarantine now, maybe 10 if you’d like.”

      Yep, if you take a test, otherwise it’s still 14. Left out that important detail.

      “Kinda like masks.
      Fauci: Don’t wear them.
      Month or so later: Wear them.
      Goal posts keep moving.”

      Well-known why that’s the case. It’s called science, they learned masks helped so they changed their mind.

      “Rapid tests have major false negatives and false positives.”

      Which is why most people use PCR tests to confirm. Someone with a science background should know that. People like the White House who rely on the rapid tests were badly burned by them, as the scientists thought they would be.

      “Time for civil liberties to be decided by constituents, not authoritarian people swinging and missing with ideas…”

      In a time of war, who decides the response? The troops or the generals?

      We’re fighting a war with an unseen enemy, and apparently since we can’t see the enemy, we’ve decided the troops should be allowed to fight however they want and the commanders should either be ignored or allowed to go golfing.

      How’s that working out for all of us?

      Again, get better news/sources.

  2. It’s so easy to be a critic. It must be fun as well. Just imagine the satisfaction of hitting that “post” button when you have something so clever or contrary to say.

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