Florida Mayor-Elect Cancels Inauguration Ceremony After Catching COVID


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Mayor-elect of St. Petersburg has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting him to cancel his inauguration ceremony Thursday.

“Let this serve as a reminder to all of us to get vaccinated and follow CDC guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19,” Mayor-elect Ken Welch (D) said. “While this is disappointing, I am incredibly thankful that my current symptoms are not serious, and I keep in my thoughts and prayers all the families who have lost so much more to this pandemic. Though we will not be able to celebrate in person, let us keep front of mind the significance of the day – the day that we begin a journey together, as one community in one city, toward inclusive progress. We will have much more to celebrate together in the years to come.”

Welch, who will become the first black mayor of St. Petersburg, is fully vaccinated and boosted. He will be sworn in virtually on Thursday, Jan. 6.

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