Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has tested positive for COVID-19.
Levine Cava tweeted Monday that her husband, Dr. Robert Cava, was exposed by one of his patients and also tested positive Monday. They both have mild symptoms and are in quarantine.
"Our family is no different from the thousands of other families at heightened risk of exposure due to the sacrifice of healthcare workers and first responders on the frontlines – the heroes and heroines who work to keep us safe," Levine Cava said in a series of tweets. "I’m more grateful than ever for their bravery."
Levine Cava said she was exposed over the Thanksgiving holiday and has not had any in-person contact with other county employees.
From home in quarantine, Levine Cava spoke to NBC 6 over zoom just a few hours after finding out she and her husband tested positive.
“I have a cold is how it feels,” she said. “Runny nose. Coughing. Sneezing. Little sore throat.”
Levine Cava says she was only with one other family member besides her husband and they were spending time outdoors. She says that person has already tested negative.
She has already spoken to a contact tracer from the Health Department in Miami Dade.
“She was very thorough, making sure I identify anyone who might have been exposed and she'll be following up with those people anonymously,” Levine Cava said.
The news comes days after Congressman-elect and former county mayor Carlos Gimenez announced he and his wife tested positive for the virus.