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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti tests positive for COVID-19

Mayor Eric Garcetti tested positive for COVID-19, his office said Wednesday.

The mayor, who is fully vaccinated, was “feeling good” while quarantining in his hotel room, a tweet said. Garcetti received his first dose of the vaccine in January. He received a second shot several weeks later, but it’s unclear whether he’s been given a booster.

Garcetti signed a vaccine mandate for indoor venues in Los Angeles City in October.

Currently, the L.A. mayor is overseas, attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

His office said he would be “isolating in his hotel room,” according to the announcement.

In Dec. 2020, Garcetti was forced to quarantine for 10 days after his 9-year-old daughter tested positive for the coronavirus. He said her symptoms were mild at the time and his wife tested negative.

President Joe Biden nominated Mayor Garcetti to serve as the U.S. ambassador to India in July. Many had speculated whether Garcetti would play a role in the Biden administration after serving on his vice-presidential selection panel during the 2020 campaign.

If confirmed, Garcetti would be the first L.A. mayor to voluntarily leave office in more than a century. The confirmation process has lingered on for several months.

This is a developing story.

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