Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton announced Wednesday evening she has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Middleton made the announcement via a news release from the city. She said she is following medical advice and direction and will spend at minimum the next 10 days days at home in isolation as she recovers from what she described as mild symptoms. During isolation Middleton will continue her mayoral duties to the maximum extent possible.
On Tuesday, Middleton woke up with a sore throat and has not left home except to get tested. Following the positive result, Middleton immediately notified the small number of people she had contact with outside of her home over the last several days.
“Since the onset of COVID-19, we in Palm Springs have recognized the need to be extremely cautious when it comes to wearing a mask and have continually encouraged vaccinations and booster shots in order to keep everyone in our community safe,” said Middleton. “I am grateful for the advice of medical experts, and in particular the diligence of Riverside County Public Health officials. I feel extremely fortunate that my symptoms are mild.”
“The health and safety of our residents and visitors are our number one priority in Palm Springs and I encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated, boosted and regularly tested,” she added. “This is the best way we can take care of one another. We are all in this together.”
Middleton was first elected to the City Council in November 2017. She assumed the largely ceremonial mayor role last month, taking over from Councilmember Christy Holstege and becoming the first transgender mayor in California history. Last year, she announced her intention to seek a State Senate seat. The election for that seat was originally slated for 2022, but due to redistricting will now be held in 2024.