St. Paul city councilor Mitra Jalali was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday, she said.
Jalali, who continued to participate in council meetings remotely, said on Twitter that she struggled with symptoms of an upper respiratory illness for several days before testing positive for the coronavirus.
“I was vaccinated and had just had my booster shot but unfortunately still got it, and I’m thankful my body is in a much better position to fight it,” she wrote.
I am sorry to share that I tested positive for COVID-19 today after several days of battling upper respiratory virus symptoms. I have been vaccinated and had just had my booster shot but unfortunately still got it, and am thankful my body is in a much better position to fight it
— Mitra Jalali, St. Paul city councilor – Ward 4 (@Ward4STP) Nov 10, 2021
Jalali added in subsequent tweets that she will be in isolation for at least 10 days since the onset of her symptoms and that she has informed everyone she has been in close contact with.
“My staff and I are working remotely as usual, but my individual availability is limited to what my health allows, so I can focus on my recovery while still continuing the important work for our city,” Jalali wrote. “I appreciate your understanding and hope for a timely recovery.”
She also noted that Minnesota is in the midst of a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases, which has primarily affected the state’s unvaccinated population.
“If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, I urge you to get it and minimize the spread of the community,” Jalali wrote. “The COVID vaccine is free, accessible and can save the life(s) of those you love.”
Jalali is not the first councilor to deal with the corona virus. Councilor Dai Thao, who has also been vaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 this summer.