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Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones tests positive for COVID-19

Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News

Detroit — City Council President Brenda Jones has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement provided Thursday.

Jones, 60, "is doing her part by remaining isolated and will continue to follow her doctor's orders," the statement reads. She could not be reached for comment. 

"Fortunately, because she is not experiencing any of the horrific symptoms associated with the coronavirus, she will continue working remotely from home," the statement adds.

Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones uses protective gloves as she conducts council business during a regular meeting in their chamber, Tuesday, March, 17, 2020.

News of Jones' confirmed case comes after the city said last week that Police Chief James Craig also is battling the virus. 

Jones, who formerly served the 13th Congressional District, recently announced she intends to run for Congress again in a Democratic primary challenge to freshman U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

Jones won the 2018 special election to finish out the term of former Rep. John Conyers Jr. but lost her bid to replace Conyers for a full two-year term to Tlaib by fewer than 1,000 votes — 1 percentage point. She launched a write-in campaign for the general election that year but was unsuccessful.

In a Thursday statement posted on her Facebook page, Jones encourages the public to stay vigilant. 

"I advise everyone to take the coronavirus seriously, to frequently wash their hands, to participate in social distancing, to be safe and take care of themselves and their families," it reads. 

Tlaib on Thursday afternoon tweeted well wishes to Jones.

"Glad to hear her symptoms are mild and hope she is on the road to a speedy recovery," she wrote. 

Detroit's Health Department reported Thursday that the city has 2,860 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 97 fatalities. That's 377 more positive cases than were reported on Wednesday and 15 more deaths. 

City officials have said Detroit will continue to see its cases rise due to its aggressive testing.

cferretti@detroitnews.com