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Fort Myers City Councilman Kevin Anderson recovering from COVID-19

A Fort Myers City Council member has COVID-19.

Kevin Anderson tested positive about a week after returning from a cruise that left New Orleans on March 6 and ended in California on March 20. His travel home from San Diego took him through Chicago before he landed at Southwest Florida International Airport late on the 20th.

Anderson and his wife followed guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and were self-quarantining after their cruise even though neither of them had any symptoms.

A few days later, Anderson started to get sick, and on March 26, he was tested for COVID-19. His positive result came back Tuesday. He will continue to self-quarantine until April 9.

Today, he’s on the mend and his doctor is confident Anderson will make a full recovery.

“I’m feeling better every day. I still have some minor symptoms, slight cough, but for the most part, all the symptoms have started to break,” Anderson said.

He described the symptoms as minor, saying “they were not even as bad as the normal flu.”

So far, Anderson’s wife Krista has shown no symptoms, so their doctor isn’t ordering a COVID-19 test for her.

“We are both confident that if she felt there was a need to test Krista, she would do so, Anderson said.

The councilman said his experience is a wake-up call that everyone should take COVID-19 seriously.

“It’s what everybody should learn, that just because you’re not presenting symptoms does not mean you’re not carrying the virus,” he said. “You know, we should all take this very serious, follow the CDC guidelines, social distancing, do everything we can to make sure we’re not passing this on.”

Anderson said if the number of cases in the city increase to the point that it appears it would be a hot spot, steps should be taken to shut down the city.

“We don’t want today’s solutions to become tomorrow’s problem. We don’t want to be in a position where all of a sudden the steps we’ve taken are worse than the virus itself,” he said.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday issued an executive order telling Florida residents to limit their movements and stay home unless travel is essential.

Reporter:Lauren Sweeney
Writer:Jackie Winchester
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