Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing “mild symptoms,” his office announced Sunday afternoon in a news release.
The positive test took place “this weekend,” the release said. Hogsett, 65, is isolating at home, and will follow CDC guidelines for quarantining, he said.
“After experiencing mild symptoms, I took an at-home test and tested positive for COVID-19,” Hogsett said in a written statement. “Thanks to my vaccine and booster shot, I am experiencing very minor symptoms, and continue to encourage all Indianapolis residents to get their vaccine to reduce their risk of serious illness.”
According to Hogsett’s Twitter account, the mayor attended at least two community events on Saturday in which he interacted with numerous people: the Stronger Together event at the Emma Donnan school and a ribbon-cutting for this year’s season opener for soccer club Naptown United at the Frank & Judy O’Bannon Old Northside Soccer Park.
The latest statistics from the Indiana State Department of Health, which haven’t been updated since Wednesday, show Marion County averaging about 19 COVID cases per day from April 3 to April 9, the same average as the previous week. Official case counts, however, don’t show the extent of COVID’s reach because positive home tests are not included in the number.