Houston City Council member Letitia Plummer has tested positive for COVID-19, her office confirmed Monday.
In a letter to Mayor Sylvester Turner, Plummer said she has instructed her staff to be tested for the virus, and added she would not attend any Houston City Council meetings until after recovering for the virus.
No additional family members had tested positive for the virus, she added.
“Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers,” the letter said.
Plummer, who was elected to council in December in a run-off, is the first elected official in the city of Houston to test positive for COVID-19. She represents the council’s At-Large Position 4.
In April, Plummer opened a pop-up kitchen with local chefs, to serve seniors and Houstonians who were out of work due to the coronavirus.
“I am praying for Council Member Letitia Plummer’s speedy recovery as she isolates at home. Based on my observations, she has been careful to protect her health and the safety of those around her by practicing social distancing and wearing facial coverings,” said Mayor Turner.
Mayor Turner continued, “In addition to her role with the City of Houston, Council Member Plummer has kept a busy schedule at her two dental practices and distributing masks and organizing food giveaways in the community.
“I will continue to ask everyone, including city employees, members of the public, and elected officials to follow the CDC guidelines for this pandemic. Please wear your face coverings, practice social distancing, get tested, and stay home if you feel sick.”