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Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas tests positive for COVID-19

By: - December 31, 2021 10:32 am
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas speaks at a vaccine clinic

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas speaks at a vaccine clinic at the Morning Star Community Center in Kansas City this spring. The mayor announced on New Year’s Eve that he had tested positive for COVID-19. (photo courtesy of Missouri Governor’s Office)

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has contracted COVID-19, his office announced in a statement Friday.

Lucas, who received two doses of the COVID vaccine this spring and later a booster, is in quarantine. He said in the statement that because of his vaccination status, his symptoms were mild.

“Throughout the pandemic, I have been regularly tested for COVID-19 due to my frequent interaction with the public,” Lucas said. “While results earlier this week were negative, last night I tested positive for COVID-19.”

He thanked the city’s healthcare workers for serving the community.

“Let’s help them — and each other — by encouraging all in our lives who are not yet vaccinated or boosted to make it a priority today and to use caution as we ring in the New Year,” he said.

Lucas has been a proponent of vaccination, masks and frequent COVID testing. Before Christmas, he said on Facebook and Twitter that he was getting tested for COVID-19 before seeing his family and encouraged others to do the same.

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Allison Kite
Allison Kite

Allison Kite is a data reporter for The Missouri Independent and Kansas Reflector, with a focus on the environment and agriculture. A graduate of the University of Kansas, she’s covered state government in both Topeka and Jefferson City, and most recently was City Hall reporter for The Kansas City Star.