Central Florida mayor’s inauguration canceled after mayor contracts COVID-19

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An in-person inauguration ceremony scheduled for Thursday for St. Petersburg Mayor-elect Ken Welch had to be canceled after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Welch, who was elected in November, tested positive on Monday, according to a press release from his campaign organization. He had planned an inauguration ceremony on the steps of City Hall but will be sworn in on Thursday in a virtual ceremony.

Welch is vaccinated, including with a booster shot, according to the announcement. He will start working at City Hall on January 10.

“Let this remind us all to get vaccinated and follow CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19,” Welch said in a statement prepared Monday.

“While this is disappointing, I am incredibly grateful that my current symptoms are not severe, and I keep in my thoughts and prayers all the families who have lost so much to this pandemic. Although we cannot celebrate in person, let us keep in mind the importance of the day – the day we begin a journey together, as a community in a city, towards inclusive progress. We will have much more to celebrate together in the years to come. »

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