Houston City Council member tests positive for coronavirus

At-Large Position 4 Houston City Council Member Letitia Plummer announced she tested positive for coronavirus May 11. (Courtesy Leticia Plummer)
At-Large Position 4 Houston City Council Member Letitia Plummer announced she tested positive for coronavirus May 11. (Courtesy Leticia Plummer)

At-Large Position 4 Houston City Council Member Letitia Plummer announced she tested positive for coronavirus May 11. (Courtesy Leticia Plummer)

Letitia Plummer, At-Large Position 4 Houston City Council member, has tested positive for coronavirus, the first confirmed case among Houston City Council members.

Plummer issued a statement May 11 addressed to Mayor Sylvester Turner stating that no additional members of her family have tested positive and that her staff has been instructed to get tested as soon as possible. Since the city's stay-home work-safe order went into effect in March, council and Mayor Turner have continued to meet at City Hall in spaced-out seating with most wearing face coverings. Plummer will not be attending meetings in person until receiving approval from her physician, her statement read.

As of May 11, any additional guidance for council members to get tested will come from contact tracers or from Plummer's physician, a spokesperson for Turner said.

“I am praying for Councilmember Letitia Plummer’s speedy recovery as she isolates at home," Turner said. "Based on my observations, she has been careful to protect her health and the safety of those around her by practicing social distancing and wearing facial coverings."

Turner said he encourages all Houston residents, including city staff, to seek out testing, practice social distancing and wear facial coverings.

Plummer has been active in the city's coronavirus response, setting up a pop-up meal distribution site in collaboration with local chefs and advocating for rent and small business relief.

Plummer is the first Houston City Council member to test positive for the virus. District C Council Member Abbie Kamin self-isolated for two weeks in March after a possible exposure.
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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