Florida attorney general tests positive for COVID-19; vaccinated earlier this year

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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody tested positive for COVID-19 and is exhibiting mild symptoms, Moody announced on Twitter Wednesday.

Moody also tweeted she received the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this year.

Despite that, the Florida AG’s message was positive and encouraging other Floridians to remain cautious amid the pandemic.

“Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms, and my family is in good health,” Moody said. “As I continue to self-quarantine, I want to encourage Floridians to be vigilant about their health.”

The attorney general was recently on a trip with Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson Saturday to visit the southern border of Texas. The trip was in response to a call for help in June made by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Texas Governor Greg Abbot, who both said their states face a crisis of low resources and personnel necessary to defend the border.

The visiting Florida trio took several pictures with law enforcement while in Del Rio along with Texas Gov. Greg Abbot. Moody can be seen standing in close proximity to DeSantis and Abbot in several pictures. DeSantis, Abbot and Simpson haven’t posted information to social media regarding Moody’s tweet.

COVID-19 cases have been on the rise around Florida, with the delta variant becoming the dominant strain — Moody did not say if she contracted the delta strain.

In Orange County, about 90% of hospitalized people in Orlando Health were unvaccinated, Orlando Sentinel previously reported. AdventHealth reported about 94% of its hospitalizations were also unvaccinated.

An AdventHealth spokesperson said that the hospital is not at capacity and is ready to convert spaces into standard and ICU-level rooms should there be a need.

AdventHealth announced Thursday morning a shift to yellow status meaning it will limit visitors, defer scheduling new elective cases that require inpatient admission, and require masks hospital-wide.

Jpedersen@orlandosentinel.com

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