DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Thursday that she tested positive for COVID-19.
Bowser explained in a tweet that she took an at-home test after she experienced some allergy symptoms. It was followed by a PCR test, which also returned a positive result.
The mayor still experiences mild cold-like/allergy-like symptoms, while her household members tested negative for the infectious disease. She will work from home, following isolation protocols, according to her tweets.
Friends – Yesterday, I tested positive for COVID. After experiencing allergy symptoms this week, I took an at-home test yesterday and a PCR test confirmed the positive result.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) April 7, 2022
The 49-year-old mayor is fully vaccinated. She lost her older sister Mercia Bowser to COVID-19 at the age of 64 in February 2021.
“Just a reminder — the best way to know if it’s COVID or your seasonal allergies is to get tested,” tweeted Bowser. “Visit your neighborhood COVID center. The best way to avoid serious illness is to get vaccinated and boosted.”
In recent weeks, the District has seen a slight increase in coronavirus cases, according to DC Health.
Most COVID-related restrictions such as the indoor mask mandate have been lifted in DC.