Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has a fever and runny nose symptoms and plans to return to Los Angeles by next weekend, he told his staff in an email on Thursday.
Garcetti, who tested positive for the coronavirus this week, is being isolated in a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland. In an email reviewed by The Times, Garcetti informed his staff that he would continue to work from his hotel.
“Some of you who have contracted COVID know that it is a viral beast, but I feel good – so far only a few symptoms of a fever and a runny nose are probably a reflection of the strength of the vaccine I received earlier this year. – wrote Garcetti.
The mayor, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive while attending a United Nations conference on climate change.
His message to his staff on Thursday was different from what he had told the news station the day before. Garcetti told KABC-TV on Wednesday that he “feels great,” and suggested that his test result could be false positive.
Garcetti is tentatively scheduled to return to Los Angeles on November 13, according to a letter sent Wednesday by his interim chief of staff to Council President Nuri Martinez.
Garcetti, 50, received his first dose of Moderna vaccine in January. According to guidelines at the time, he was not yet in the vaccination queue, but medical staff recommended that he get vaccinated because he was working at Dodger Stadium as part of the city’s vaccination campaign.
He received a second dose in February and plans to receive a revaccination “as soon as it is recommended to him,” a spokesman for the mayor said.
In an email on Thursday, Garcetti told his employees that he would still be able to join employee meetings through Zoom.
The mayor also joked that he always wanted to take “10 days vacation to Scotland, but that’s not exactly what I meant! However, I will work hard here and want to let you know that I am fine. “
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people who test positive for coronavirus and who have symptoms should be isolated from others for at least 10 days after the first signs of illness appear. People should also stay away from others until they have had a fever for at least 24 hours, without taking antipyretic medications, and until symptoms start to improve.