Councilman Clayton Perry (D10) is under observation at University Hospital after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, spokeswoman Landry Stafford said Tuesday.
Perry was tested for the novel coronavirus on Friday and received his positive test result Sunday, Stafford said. Perry was admitted to University Hospital Monday.
Though in the hospital, Perry is in “high spirits,” Stafford said. She declined to share further details and said he was unavailable for comment Tuesday. Because Perry is 65 years old, that puts him at higher risk for serious COVID symptoms. Perry is not currently receiving oxygen or on a ventilator, Stafford said.
Perry is unaware where he was exposed to the coronavirus, according to a news release from his office. Because City Council has been working remotely, he has not met with his fellow Council members in person recently, Stafford said.
“We [the District 10 staff] haven’t been in the office since March,” she said. “We’re all still working remotely as we have been throughout the entire pandemic. And we’ve still been able to have meetings and everything like that. We’re still communicating with him and he’s still available.”
Perry did attend a meeting Wednesday regarding the police and firefighter pension fund, and attendees were wearing masks and spaced according to public health guidelines, Stafford said. The people at the meeting with Perry will be notified of his diagnosis.
Perry still plans to work remotely and attend City Council meetings on Wednesday and Thursday via videoconference, Stafford said.
Perry is not the only local official who has contracted the virus. Bexar County Commissioners Court recently transitioned from in-person to virtual meetings on Jan. 26 after Commissioner Tommy Calvert (Pct. 4) tested positive for the coronavirus.