City Councilmember Mark Squilla tests positive for COVID-19

Philadelphia City Councilmember Mark Squilla
Philadelphia City Councilmember Mark Squilla, pictured above during a community meeting in April 2019, says he has tested positive for COVID-19. Squilla made the announcement on Dec. 10, 2020, after abruptly leaving a virtual council meeting. Photo credit Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia City Councilmember Mark Squilla has tested positive for COVID-19.

He abruptly left Thursday’s virtual council meeting, saying he had to attend to a personal matter. A short time later, he released a statement saying he is experiencing mild symptoms and is self-isolating at home.

“I had just a clammy feeling, with nausea, and normally I wouldn’t think anything of it, but because of the crisis and the pandemic going on, I figured best to get tested,” he told KYW Newsradio.

Squilla, whose district covers parts of South Philly, Center City, Northern Liberties, Kensington and Port Richmond, said he’s been taking every precaution, so he's not sure how he got it.

“I could have come in contact with someone who is asymptomatic, I don’t know.”

He's urging residents to continue to stay vigilant.

“This virus and the infection are no joke,” he said in a statement. “I want to emphasize that to my fellow residents in Philadelphia. While I don’t know exactly how I contracted COVID-19, I do know that I’ve been taking all the appropriate precautions — wearing a mask, maintaining a social distance when I have to go outside, and generally being cautious.

“I urge my fellow Philadelphians — please wear a mask when you go outside if you must go out. Keep your social distance of at least six feet apart if you do go outdoors. We can and will get through this pandemic together.”

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