Former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson tests positive for coronavirus

Former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced Saturday.

“I am at my home in quarantine continuing my recovery with the help of my amazing family Nephew Justin Brown Sister Akeila Jackson and my nephew Kazeem,” Jackson wrote in a Facebook post. “Lucky to live in a 3 family home, which makes social distancing a little easier.”

Jackson was notified of his positive test result on Friday after experiencing symptoms for nearly two weeks.

“My symptoms began the night of March 14th with a sore throat and a cough,” he wrote. “So if you have been in physical contact with me in that period of time, please consider yourself exposed.”

Jackson said he attended a birthday gathering with six or seven other people that day — all of whom he has notified — and started to have a bad headache and sweats throughout the night. By that Monday, he said he was experiencing the “worst body aches EVER in my life.”

Jackson was initially treated for the flu with Tamiflu, which he said “worked instantly on all symptoms,” and that he has only experienced a slight cough in the past few days.

“The worst is over,” he wrote. “I am quarantined for another two weeks to be safe.”

Jackson, 44, a 2017 mayoral candidate who is now in the recreational marijuana business, used his post to issue several reminders to his fellow Bay Staters and the black community about staying home and practicing social distancing.

“Stay your butt at home! You don’t have to be 80 yo to get it,” Jackson wrote, emphasizing that the virus does not discriminate based on age or race.

“If we don’t flatten the curve, we will have so many avoidable deaths of loved ones based on our unwillingness just to stay home,” he said.

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