Florida Rep. Shevrin Jones tested positive for COVID-19 last Wednesday. Now, he uses social media to update his constituents on his condition and has called upon Gov. Ron DeSantis to impose and enforce a statewide mask mandate.
“I don’t know what it feels like to run a state of 20 million people. But, I am one of the 200,000 people who has and is suffering from this dangerous disease,” Jones said in a video update on Twitter on Monday.
“Governor, here’s where you come in: Issue a mandatory mask order,” Jones said.
The Democrat, who represents part of Broward County, first announced his COVID-19 status via Twitter on Wednesday.
“For those who think it’s a game, it’s not, I have tested positive for Covid. I feel awful, and I don’t wish this on anyone,” his initial tweet reads.
Over the weekend, Florida surpassed 200,000 positive tests for new COVID-19 cases. By Monday morning, the total was 206,447.
Jones has posted regular updates about his symptoms and overall well-being. He has described symptoms including headaches, chest pains, severe dizziness, nausea, and chills.
On Thursday, he opted to write his update on Twitter rather than posting a video, saying he’d had a bad night and an “even worse morning.”
He returned to a video format on Friday, saying that “there are some points that are unbearable. From the stomach cramps; from the muscle spasms; from the off and on temperature. At one point you’re feeling good, at another you are not feeling well.”
Jones also shared his experience with Florida contact tracing, saying in a tweet that he received a call from a contract tracer on Thursday only to get disconnected. He received no follow-up call. “If this is our tracking system, throw all of it in the 🗑,” he said in the tweet.
Shortly after his Monday video, Jones tweeted another update announcing that both of his parents had tested positive for COVID-19.