Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week. The Democrat, who lost a bid for the 2nd Congressional district, will be out of the office for the next week while she recovers from her illness. Deputy Mayor Tony Emerson will be running the Governing Body meeting tonight until a new Deputy Mayor is elected.
“I have been very careful to take all the necessary precautions to help slow the spread of this virus,” De La Isla said. “I have worn my mask, kept my distance, and worked from home. Unfortunately I came in contact with the virus through a family member who is an essential worker. We both did everything to keep each other safe. Community spread in Topeka is high and my diagnosis proves that no matter how careful you are you can still get this virus. I encourage everyone to be careful and follow all the safety protocols so that you can keep your friends and family safe.”
Other local officials who have tested positive include Emerson, council member Mike Lesser and Fire Chief Craig Duke.
Community spread of COVID-19 has been fairly high in the Topeka community but has been trending downward over the last 2-3 weeks.
Stormont Vail Hospital announced today it has given out over 8,000 vaccinations to date.
De La Isla encouraged residents to do their part to slow the spread of the virus by keeping their distance, washing their hands and wearing a mask. You can find more information about COVID-19 including testing sites and the phase two vaccination interest survey on the Shawnee County Health Department website: https://www.snco.us/HD/coronavirus.asp.
She has requested that she have time to rest and recover during her illness and will not be providing interviews at this time.
–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice
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