Oklahoma City reports city manager has tested positive for COVID-19
City Manager Craig Freeman tested positive for COVID-19 and was in quarantine Monday, the city of Oklahoma City said.
"The worst part about this is not knowing if I passed coronavirus on to others," Freeman, 55, said in a statement issued by the city.
The statement said he got a test after experiencing allergy-like symptoms, headache and fatigue, and losing his sense of taste over the weekend.
Freeman's positive result was returned Sunday. He was working from home on Monday.
"COVID-19 presents a real threat to everyone," he said. "Please wear a mask and take the virus seriously."
Freeman was named city manager by the city council on Nov. 20, 2018. He served on an interim basis until officially taking office on Jan. 2, 2019, succeeding longtime City Manager Jim Couch.
Freeman said he didn't know where he contracted the illness.
In the statement, the city said it has a screening, testing and contact tracing program for city employees, which Freeman used for the test. Individuals who were in contact with Freeman were notified.
Freeman was the city's finance director from 2011 until his appointment as city manager.
He oversees day-to-day city operations and prepares and submits the annual budget to the city council.