ATLANTA Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms — who has reportedly made Joe Biden’s shortlist for vice president — has tested positive for coronavirus.
Bottoms confirmed on Monday that she has the deadly virus, tweeting that she hasn’t experienced any symptoms, but has tested positive.
“COVID-19 has literally hit home,” she wrote.
Bottoms has served as the mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, since 2018, and in recent weeks, she’s appeared in the national spotlight because of Black Lives Matter protests, which have impacted the city, particularly following the death of Rayshard Brooks.
COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive.
The 50-year-old is said to have on Biden’s shortlist to campaign alongside him as he runs for president against President Donald Trump this fall.
In June 2019, Bottoms endorsed Biden for the presidency, saying her decision came down to Biden’s experience and that he was the best person to beat Trump.
“For me, it was most important that we have a president who doesn’t have to walk in the door and figure out where the light switch is, that we have somebody who can lead on Day One,” Bottoms said last year.
The mayor is said to be one of several Black women on Biden’s list, alongside Senator Kamala Harris, Florida Representative Val Demings, and former national security adviser Susan Rice.
On Sunday, Brooks called for justice after Secoriea Turner, an eight-year-old girl, was fatally shot in Atlanta over the Fourth of July weekend.
The child was killed after at least two people in a crowd of armed people opened fire on a car she was riding in near a flash point of recent protests in the city, authorities said.
“We have talked about this movement that is happening across America at this moment in time when we have the ears and the interest of people across this country and across this globe who are saying they want to see change,” she said.
“We’re fighting the enemy within when we are shooting each other up in our streets.”
“You shot and killed a baby,” Bottoms said. “And there wasn’t just one shooter, there were at least two shooters.”
“An 8-year-old girl was killed last night because her mother was riding down the street. If Secoriea was not safe last night, none of us are safe.”
Bottoms continued: “Enough is enough.”