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Akron mayor Dan Horrigan issues statement following personal experience with COVID-19

The news broke over the weekend that the mayor had tested positive for the Coronavirus.

AKRON, Ohio — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a story published on November 29, 2020.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan is opening up after a battle with COVID-19. 

On Monday, Horrigan's office sent out a personal statement detailing the mayor's personal experience with the novel Coronavirus.  

"This fall, like many others in our community, I was tested for COVID-19 after experiencing qualifying symptoms.  Fortunately, my symptoms were cold-like and lasted approximately a week in total.  I was tested for COVID out of an abundance of caution and the results came back positive," Horrigan wrote. 

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Horrigan said that he followed all Coronavirus protocols from the Summit County Department of Health, and that he and his family are feeling well. The mayor also said that he will continue to work from home, which he has been doing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Horrigan also doubled down on the message of taking necessary precautions as the Coronavirus continues to surge in Ohio. 

"It is important to remember that many of us who do contract COVID will experience minor or possibly even no symptoms.  That is why it is so critical that we practice social distancing, wear masks, and avoid large gatherings even when we are feeling well, to avoid inadvertently exposing others to the disease," Horrigan said. 

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The Akron mayor also said that by following COVID-19 distancing protocols, he believes he was able to significantly cut down on the spread of the virus and urged other Ohioans to do the same.