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Former Springfield Mayor Ziad Andrew Shehady.

Former mayor says he’s tested positive for COVID-19

Ziad Andrew Shehady says he’s feeling better: ‘no need to panic, just be prepared’

By David Wildstein, March 20 2020 1:17 am

Former Springfield mayor Ziad Andrew Shehady announced on Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, five days after being tested and self-quarantining at home.

Shehady, now the Red Bank borough administrator, said he called his physician last Saturday after experiencing respiratory symptoms.

“Because I am immuno-compromised, my Doctor urged me to go to the hospital,” Shehady said. “They tested me and ruled out all of the other viral possibilities, and I went home to self-quarantine and await my COVID-19 results.”

The 35-year-old former mayor described his symptoms as being mild: “slight headache in the beginning, a day of extreme chills and high fever, joint aches, and slight sore throat.”

The symptoms disappeared after treating them with Naproxen, according to Shehady.

“The coughing, congestion, and sniffles have lasted the longest, but the worst and most noticeable symptom is the loss of smell and taste,” he explained. “I will continue to self-quarantine and am working with the local health department to contact trace.”

He’s now working from a home office.

“I’m sharing this just to give friends some insight into what it’s like and to let everyone know there really isn’t a need to panic, just to be prepared,” Shehady said.

Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale), who had self-quarantined after developing symptoms, said last night that she had tested negative for coronavirus.

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