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Mayor Garcetti's Daughter Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Mayor Eric Garcetti's 9-year-old daughter tested positive for COVID-19 this week, after coming down with a fever.

In an address to the city from his home (which you can watch above), Garcetti said his daughter is doing fine and has mild symptoms. But he and his wife are in quarantine, in accordance with public health guidelines, and his daughter will isolate for at least 10 days, from the time her symptoms first appeared.

Garcetti said he and his wife have both tested negative.

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When asked by a reporter how his daughter contracted the virus, Garcetti said they have no idea.

"We follow very strict protocols. We haven't mixed households. There's no behavior she is engaged in that doesn't adhere strictly to the protocols of our health officials. So how do you explain that to a child? It's a scary thing. I'll admit, she had some tears in her eyes, but I reassured her that it was going to be okay."

All of this comes amid a massive surge in COVID-19 cases, during which Southern California has run out of ICU beds.

"Yesterday was the single worst day of cases and deaths ever recorded in Los Angeles," the mayor said. "More than one person dies every 15 minutes from COVID-19 in California."

The mayor used this time to make a plea for Angelenos to stay home during the holidays, and limit gatherings with those outside their households.

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"This is my city, and this is your city," Garcetti said. "I send you strength and love in this toughest night. We will get through this together."


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