San Francisco Supervisor tests positive for COVID-19

The Pandemic is non-discriminatory.

Gordon Mar, one of 11 San Francisco Supervisors, has been afflicted with Covid-19.

The Supervisor was at a family gathering outside the City. He thinks that is where he contacted the virus and is now sheltering in place hoping for a quick recovery.

San Francisco Chronicle 8.20.2020

San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from his office.

Mar, who represents the Sunset on the Board of Supervisors, said on Thursday evening that his symptoms are “minor” — though the severity of the virus can rapidly change. It is unclear exactly when and how the supervisor contracted the virus, but his office said he may have been exposed when he and his daughter spent a night camping in Tahoe last weekend celebrating his birthday and the start to the new school year.

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The 58-year-old supervisor is the first board member known to have caught the coronavirus. Mayor London Breed had a scare after she was exposed to the virus in July, but she tested negative.

Since the pandemic began, Mar said, he has been wearing a mask, social distancing and working from home or alone in his City Hall office.

“And still, none of us are immune from this pandemic,” he said in the statement. “I am not the first person in San Francisco to contract COVID-19 without experiencing most symptoms, and I won’t be the last.”

He said his family is getting tested “immediately.”

As of Thursday, 8,611 San Francisco residents have tested positive for the virus and 72 have died, according to city data. Cases in San Francisco rose to such concerning levels this summer that it was placed on the state’s watch list in July.

On Thursday, San Francisco reported 122.9 cases per 100,000 residents. The city also only had 17.2% of ICU beds available, which is below the state standard of 20% availability.

“We have a responsibility to be good neighbors and take every action we can to protect public health and slow the spread of this disease,” Mar said. “Socially distance. Wear a mask. Get tested. Stay home as much as possible.”