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Nigerian tests positive for coronavirus in the United States, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announces Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 25, 2021

A Nigerian has tested positive for coronavirus in the United States, the Mayor of Washington D.C. Muriel Bowser said at a news conference on Saturday night.

She said the Nigerian man spent time in Washington D.C. and tested positive for coronavirus at a hospital in neighboring Maryland.

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He does not live in Washington D.C. but traveled to the area from Nigeria, the mayor added, without giving further details.

Ms. Bowser made the announcement while updating the public on the first ‘presumptive’ positive case of coronavirus in Washington D.C., the capital of the United States.

She said there were two cases – the first one was a Nigerian who spent time in Washington DC and tested positive in neighboring Maryland, while the second case was that of a D.C. resident in his 50s who tested positive in Washington D.C. and remains hospitalized in the District.

That D.C. resident is the first person to test positive for coronavirus in Washington.

Maryland and Washington DC share the same border and are located close to each other.

You can watch the full press conference here and forward the recording to the 26th minute and 53rd second to hear the Nigerian case being addressed by the mayor.

Mayor Muriel Bowser had first confirmed the district’s first ‘presumptive’ positive coronavirus case on Saturday evening in a tweet before she held a news conference.

“Late this afternoon, testing at the Public Health Lab at the DC Department of Forensic Sciences yielded its first presumptive positive coronavirus (COVID-19) case,” she tweeted at 5.43 p.m.

Mayor Bowser said at a news conference on Saturday night that contact tracing has begun for the patient who tested positive in Washington D.C., and remains hospitalized. She said he was being treated at a local hospital.

On Sunday, Christ Church Georgetown officials confirmed that the man in his 50s who tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday and was being treated at a local hospital was Rector Timothy Cole.

The church said Cole, the church’s top-ranking clergy, is in stable condition at a local hospital where he has been since Thursday.

Christ Church said it has canceled all activities until further notice and has recommended concerned community members to contact their health care providers.

“Christ Church, Georgetown, can confirm that our Rector, Tim Cole, has tested positive for the Coronavirus. Tim was diagnosed last night and is in stable condition at a local hospital.

“Out of an abundance of caution, Christ Church has canceled all activities including church services until further notice. We recommend that concerned community members contact their health care providers. Above all else, we know that whether we meet in person or in spirit, not one of us is alone while we have each other. And, we firmly believe that we are held in God’s embrace through it all. Praying without ceasing for all affected, for all in fear, and for all who are working to find solutions. God’s Peace,” the church said in a statement signed by the Reverend Crystal Hardin.

At the press briefing on Saturday, Mayor Bowser said the coronavirus situation remained fluid in Washington D.C. but she had not made the decision to declare a state of emergency or cancel events sponsored by the district at this point in time.

The District has a capacity to conduct 50 daily tests at the moment, an official said at the news conference with the mayor.

A U.S. marine who returned from overseas has also tested positive to coronavirus in Virginia. It’s Virginia’s first confirmed coronavirus case.

The District of Columbia, the states of Maryland and Virginia form what is known as the DMV. They are all interlinked via a subway and road networks, and many people who work in DC live in Maryland or Virginia.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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