SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Chula Vista City Councilman Steve Padilla says he's tested positive for COVID-19.
Padilla, who represents Chula Vista's District 3, made the announcement in video Saturday that was published on his Facebook page.
"After recently experiencing symptoms, I was diagnosed as being positive for the COVID-19 virus, also known as the coronavirus," he said.
Padilla appeared in good spirits as he told viewers that he was doing "very well" and "feeling well."
In a follow up statement, he described having a fever, body aches, headaches, chills, that "came on very rapidly." He noted he had come into contact with friends, colleagues, and the public over the last week.
"I’m in close coordination with County Public Health officials who are taking all precautions to ensure the health of people I’ve been in contact with," he said.
He was recently in Santa Cruz County where he was conducting a hearing as California Coastal Commissioner.
"I want to remind everyone to keep a safe distance, wash hands, and look out for the elderly most at risk," he said.
Padilla has previously served as Mayor of Chula Vista from 2002-2006, and is a former officer and detective with the Chula Vista Police Department.
In the Chula Vista city website, Padilla is noted for being the first person of color ever elected to City office in Chula Vista history, the first Latino Mayor, and the first openly LGBT person to serve or be elected to city office.
Here's Councilman Padilla's statement:
“I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. I am doing well and back at home. I feel healthy, strong and safe. Following the guidance of County Public Health officials, I’m self-isolating and working remotely to serve Chula Vista.
My main concern now is for the well-being of others. My friends and family have been informed and are taking the necessary steps—but it’s my duty to be transparent for the entire community. I must be mindful of all I’ve come in contact with in my service as your Councilman and Coastal Commissioner.
I’m in close coordination with County Public Health officials who are taking all precautions to ensure the health of people I’ve been in contact with. I continue to work with City and County leaders on measures to keep our community cared for.
I want to remind everyone to keep a safe distance, wash hands, and look out for the elderly most at risk.
This is a scary time. My symptoms– fever, body aches, headaches, chills – came on very rapidly.
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Now, is when community really matters. We need to care for others. Be mindful of seniors. And look out for one another – even when we have to keep a distance.
I’ll be keeping everyone posted on community updates here in Chula Vista, and throughout San Diego County, as this public health crisis develops.”