Columbia mayor, wife test positive for COVID-19


MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The mayor of Columbia and his wife have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mayor Chaz Molder made the announcement in a tweet Thursday morning and said the two, who were dealing with mild symptoms, had been tested Tuesday.

“My wife was the one that had loss of taste and smell, which is actually what sort of was the impetus for us to go get tested,” Molder told News 2.

The mayor said he woke up with symptoms Thursday, hours before receiving the positive result.

“I feel like I feel when I’m running a fever, but I’m not running a fever,” Molder explained. “My body’s sore and I’m pretty fatigued, but up to this point, I’ve not been running a fever.”

Molder said he was not sure how he and his wife contracted the virus.

“We’ve worn masks and we’ve socially-distanced and the first thing that goes through my head is let me retrace my steps and let me sort of figure out where I was,” Molder explained.

He added, “I think what this shows is that this virus does not discriminate.”

The mayor said he and his wife have been self-isolated since being tested and will continue to quarantine until the virus runs its course.

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