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Mayor Hamilton’s coronavirus antibody test comes back positive

Mayor John Hamilton’s COVID-19 antibody test came back positive Wednesday, indicating that he most likely had the virus, according to a press release Thursday.

“It removed some mystery,” Hamilton said in a Zoom press conference Thursday. “I kind of thought I had it, but I had two tests that came back negative.”

Hamilton experienced flu-like symptoms in April but received two negative results April 18 and 21 after he was tested. His wife and professor at the IU Maurer School of Law, Dawn Johnsen, tested positive for COVID-19 on April 9 and was hospitalized for 10 nights.

The mayor said in the press conference he has felt fine since late April. He said he has been primarily working from home but has done some careful in-person work following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. According to the press release, Hamilton self-quarantined during late March and all of April, including 14 days after recovering from his symptoms.

Because the CDC does not yet know whether past infection means future immunity to COVID-19, the mayor said he is still being cautious in his day-to-day life.

The mayor is the fifth city employee to have had the virus.

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