L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Says Daughter Has COVID-19

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During his Thursday briefing, Garcetti also addressed speculation that he might join President-elect Joe Biden’s administration in Washington.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that his daughter has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

During a briefing on Thursday (watch below), Garcetti revealed that his wife called him on Monday while he was at work to inform him that their daughter Maya wasn't feeling well.

After the 9-year-old came down with a fever, Garcetti says they had her tested to which they then learned that she tested positive for COVID-19. "Maya is doing fine and her symptoms are mild," he said, adding that he and his wife have tested negative.

As their daughter recovers, Garcetti said he and his wife are quarantined at home and he will continue to work remotely. "Our family is incredibly careful and what's happening in my home this week is playing out across Los Angeles and this country," he said.

His announcement arrives as cases continue to spike with L.A. County — doubling from the last week's stats with 5,100 currently hospitalized in Los Angeles — which, he notes, is a five percent increase since yesterday. As of today, the Southern California region has fallen to zero percent in ICU availability.

Garcetti reiterated that any gatherings over the holiday could "be disastrous."

"Cases will skyrocket even higher and more tragically so will the numbers," he said. "Because we know when infections rise, so do hospitalizations. And when hospitalizations rise, so too do deaths."

Later on, Garcetti also addressed speculation that he might join President-elect Joe Biden’s administration in Washington. Garcetti served as a co-chair of Biden’s presidential campaign and helped vet vice-presidential candidates.

Though he said "there were things on the table for me," Garcetti admitted that he declined an offer. "I let them know early this week that my city needs me now, I want to be here, and I need to be here."