Mayor Cantrell tested positive, then negative for COVID-19 in D.C.

FILE: New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell
FILE: New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell(WVUE)
Published: Feb. 12, 2021 at 11:38 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 12, 2021 at 2:11 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s trip to Washington D.C. to meet with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was cut short.

A spokesperson for Mayor Cantrell’s office released the following statement Friday morning:

“Mayor Cantrell was unable to attend this morning’s meeting with President Biden and Vice President Harris, due to White House health screening and safety protocols.”

Mayor Cantrell received her vaccine on Feb. 10.

Just before 1 p.m., the mayor’s office released an updated statement:

“This morning at the White House, prior to meeting with President Biden, Mayor Cantrell took a screening COVID test and received a positive result. She then visited a local testing clinic in the DC area, where she took a second test – a confirmatory PCR test. The PCR test results were negative.”

“At no time did the Mayor display any symptoms, and she remains asymptomatic and in good spirits. She will return home as scheduled this evening.”

“The Mayor received her first dose of vaccine on Wednesday of this week.  The vaccine does NOT cause a positive test, as it does not contain any actual virus.  It takes time to build full immunity, and individuals are only considered to be fully immunized and 95% protected at 2 weeks after the second dose.  That is the reason that everyone needs to continue to wear masks, socially distance, and avoid large gatherings.”

“The Mayor was disappointed to be unable to meet with President Biden this morning, but she remains confident that the new administration will be a strong partner for New Orleans.  She looks forward to receiving her second dose of vaccine in a few weeks.”

Cantrell was scheduled to meet with other mayors, governors, and the president to discuss COVID-19 relief funding for the city of New Orleans.

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