Edmonston Mayor says COVID diagnosis became ‘political issue’

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Michael Theis/Route 1 Reporter

Edmonston Mayor Tracy Gant.

Editor’s Note: This is a developing story. It will be updated if new information is learned.

Edmonston Mayor Tracy Gant revealed she and her husband “were diagnosed with coronavirus” two weeks ago. In so doing, she appears to be the first Prince George’s County elected official to reveal their diagnosis since the coronavirus pandemic came ashore. She also vaguely alleged that “some people” attempted to make their diagnosis “a negative political issue.”

Gant’s message was distributed between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. April 14, 2020, on the town’s social media channels, its website and email newsletter. After outlining the town’s ongoing response to the pandemic, Gant said she and her husband James were recovering and “feeling much better.”

“I can speak firsthand of the seriousness of the virus,” wrote Gant. “Unfortunately, some people in our community have attempted to make my husband and I having the virus a negative political issue.”

“My husband and I were fighting for our lives,” said Gant. “This type of behaviour is unwarranted during a time when the community should be coming together and supporting each other.”

Gant did not further detail the nature of her allegations. Attempts to reach Gant for comment on this developing story were not immediately answered.

Edmonston has a virtual Town Council meeting scheduled April 15, 2020 at 7 p.m.

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