BW mayor quarantines following exposure

Family Members Test Positive for COVID-19

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood Mayor Bryan Franklin has self-quarantined following two of his immediate family members testing positive for COVID-19. Town Councilman Donald Brock, made the announcement at the Blythewood tree lighting ceremony at Town Hall on Sunday evening,  where Brock stood in for the mayor as emcee of the event.

“The Mayor came into close contact with a positive COVID family member,” Brock read from a prepared statement as the ceremony opened. “And while he tested negative, he is adhering to the CDC-recommended quarantine guidelines.”

Franklin told the Voice Monday morning that after one of his children tested positive on Friday, the entire family was tested.

“Another child, who shares a room with the infected child, has since tested positive,” Franklin said. He said that he and his wife and the remainder of their six children have tested negative.

“As soon as we received the news that one of our children tested positive on Friday, I immediately self-quarantined for seven days in compliance with the CDC recommendations,” Franklin said. “If I am symptom free after that time, I am no longer required to quarantine under the new CDC guidelines. If I should experience symptoms within those seven days, then I would have to be tested again or quarantine for an additional 14 days,” he said.

“Our entire family is certainly going to adhere to the CDC guidelines,” Franklin said. “I don’t want to expose anyone.”

Franklin said that, barring symptoms, he expects to attend the town employee Christmas party on Dec. 11.

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