Anne Arundel County Councilman Andrew Pruski has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, he said Monday.
The District 4 Democrat from Gambrills has isolated himself from the public and his family out of an abundance of caution, he said.
He said he was tested Friday at a walk-up clinic in Odenton and received his positive result on Saturday. It’s unclear how or when Pruski contracted the virus.
“I was shocked because I am probably one of the most careful people on earth,” Pruski said. “This just shows how quickly community transmission can occur.”
He said he has worked with the Maryland and Anne Arundel Departments of Health to contact anyone he may have been in contact with over the past two weeks. Pruski announced on Tuesday his family members tested negative for the virus.
Now suffering from a dry cough, stomach pains, and loss of taste and smell, Pruski is limited to his family home’s basement for at least the next two weeks. He is using Google Meet to communicate with his wife and three children. They leave his meals at the top of the stairs to the basement to limit contact and reduce exposure. His youngest son turns seven on Tuesday, and Pruski won’t join in the family celebration in person. He said he might try to wish his son a happy birthday through a window.
He said he was feeling some stomach pains last week, and decided to get tested just in case. It wasn’t until after he received results that he began suffering from other symptoms. Throughout his bout with the virus, he said he hadn’t had a fever.
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“I am thankful that I chose to take a test out of the abundance of caution so that I could protect myself, my family, and others," Pruski said. "I highly encourage others to get tested if you are not feeling well.”
Pruski said he was specifically grateful for the support of House Minority Leader Del. Nic Kipke, R-Pasadena. Kipke fell ill earlier this summer and lost his grandfather to the virus. He said he is grateful for people in his community caring about “the person, not the party.”
Pruski’s aid Brian Kemmet said the councilman is continuing to work from home.
In a statement, Pruski asked for privacy for him and his family as they quarantine.
“Thank you to everyone who has already shown support for me and my family," he said. "We will remain positive and work to continue to get through this pandemic.”