Jackson Mayor Lumumba Tests Positive for COVID-19, Urges Masks and Boosters

Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba speaking inside, flanked by the city flag and certificates
City of Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba tested positive for COVID-19 on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, and is quarantined at home. Photo courtesy City of Jackson

Following a routine home test, City of Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21, 2021, and is quarantining  at home.

Executive Writer Justin Vicory sent an email to the press at 11:55 a.m. today saying that the mayor had been fully vaccinated and received a booster shot at the time he tested positive for the virus. “He is now awaiting results from a separate PCR test to confirm the result,” the mayor’s office said.

Lumumba led a press briefing outdoors at 2602 Medgar Evers Boulevard on Monday where he updated the public on the road’s construction and answered questions about the state of security in the City.

“He initially wanted to notify his immediate family of the test results before sending a news release to the media,” Vicory wrote.


In Vicory’s release, the mayor urged Jacksonians to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, “to abide by the citywide mask mandate to limit the spread of the virus and to continue getting the vaccination and booster shot to limit the possibility of serious health effects.”

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