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Vail’s mayor reveals he has COVID-19 to stress the urgency to ‘knock this virus down’

Vail mayor Dave Chapin announced that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
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Vail Mayor Dave Chapin.

Vail Mayor Dave Chapin announced late Friday that he’s been diagnosed with the new coronavirus and is self-isloating.

Chapin’s statement, released through the town’s website, states:

“You’ve heard the message from public health experts near and far: the COVID-19 virus has no borders or boundaries. I can now attest to that personally: I have tested positive and am in isolation.

In following the protocols to notify those I’ve been in contact with, I’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support that has been offered to Kristin and me. I am doing just fine and well on the road to recovery.

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I decided to go public with my diagnosis to not only share what it has been like for me, but to join with Vail Health CEO Will Cook in communicating the urgent need for everyone to take immediate actions to knock this virus down. Please heed the warnings of our local public health experts, as it will free up critical resources for those who need it most and will ultimately save lives. This means staying home if you are sick, calling your healthcare provider, helping tracking by reporting your symptoms, adhering to social distancing best practices, and following all county and state guidelines. Join in the #ProtectOurValley movement because staying six feet away from someone now means that we can all be closer later.

Read the full story via VailDaily.com.

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