Wes Moore, the last politician to test positive for COVID-19; Maryland gubernatorial candidate is asymptomatic – Baltimore Sun

Author, entrepreneur and political candidate Wes Moore announced on Monday that he had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Moore, 43, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor of Maryland, revealed on Twitter that he was infected but asymptomatic.

“Unfortunately, I tested positive for COVID-19,” Moore announced just before noon.

“I am vaccinated and boosted, and I am lucky to be asymptomatic. I urge my fellow Marylanders to stay safe. I am self-isolating and working from home and looking forward to resuming campaigning as soon as possible.

The statement did not reveal whether Moore suspects how he caught the virus. Numerous Maryland politicians, including Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott, Governor Larry Hogan, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. and U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer have all announced that they have tested positive for COVID. -19.

Covid infections have increased this spring as the Omicron BA.2 subvariant has spread nationwide, although hospitalizations remain relatively low.

On Friday, the last day for which the Maryland Department of Health released statistics, the positivity rate for Covid infections was 8.55% in Maryland and 508 people were hospitalized.

Nearly 87% of the state’s population ages 5 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, while just over 76% are fully vaccinated.

Before Moore launched his gubernatorial campaign, he was perhaps best known as the author of the 2010 non-fiction book “The Other Wes Moore”, a story of two men of the same name whose lives followed different trajectories.

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