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Los Angeles mayor Garcetti tests positive for COVID-19

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D)
Greg Nash

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19, his office said on Twitter on Wednesday.

“Mayor Garcetti tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today,” Garcetti’s office said. “He is feeling good and isolating in his hotel room. He is fully vaccinated.”


Garcetti is in Glasgow, Scotland, for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, with a delegation from the C40 group of mayors collaborating to fight climate change.

Harrison Wollman, a spokesperson for Garcetti’s office, told The Hill that Garcetti was given rapid antigen tests while at the conference to access the venues, all of which were negative.

Garcetti then took a PCR test on Tuesday in preparation for his return to Los Angeles, which was positive. He was made aware of the results Wednesday.

Garcetti had no interaction with President Biden, who is also in Glasgow, the White House told The Hill.

The United Nations Climate Change Secretariat issued a statement on Tuesday apologizing for “inconveniences” associated with accessing the venue for COP26. The statement added that the organizers “had to put many safety measures in place to protect the health of all participants.”

“This has meant reducing access to many spaces within the venue to ensure social distancing can be maintained as well as having to reduce the security and registration lanes in line with Covid-19-related protocols,” the statement said.

Garcetti received his first vaccine dose in January after spending days at a mass vaccination site.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that fully vaccinated individuals get tested five to seven days after close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. 

Those who test positive should isolate for 10 days or as long as they are experiencing symptoms.  

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