Florida Representative Shevrin Jones disclosed to the public on Wednesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Transparent Moment: For those who think it’s a game, it’s not, I have tested positive for Covid. I feel awful, and I don’t wish this on anyone,” Jones tweeted.

Jones, 36, came out as gay in 2018. Jones, who is Black, would be the first out LGBT senator in Florida. Jones has represented parts of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties in Tallahassee for four terms. He told the Sun Sentinel he has asthma and tested positive for COVID-19 after showing multiple symptoms. 

Support poured in following Jones’ disclosure.

“Hey Shev, get well soon. Get lots of rest,” Jimmy Patronis, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer tweeted. 

“Sending you love, Rep! Get well soon!” tweeted Pulse survivor and political activist Brandon Wolf. 


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