“This virus is no joke“, says Mayor Walker.
Walker shared the news that he and his wife were tested on Sunday and received the positive results on Wednesday. In Walker’s statement released on Friday, he said he and his wife experienced a severe lack of energy and “neither of us can taste or smell.”
“I have been ever vigilant about wearing my mask in public and I’ve encouraged others to do so as well,” he said. “Please understand this virus is NO JOKE.”
Walker says that he and his wife will remain in quarantine and isolate for the next week.
“While Susan and I are doing OK and are expected to make a full recovery, our symptoms have been difficult,” Walker said in the statement sent out to residents on Friday.
The Irmo mayor still requires weekly dialysis as a kidney patient. With this underlying health condition, Walker added the virus compromises his immune system.
Walker has encouraged everyone to practice “common-sense measures” such as wearing a face mask, practicing social distancing, washing your hands, and using hand sanitizer in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.