Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday despite having been vaccinated, his office said.
Scott, 37, is asymptomatic and is self-isolating at his town home, a spokesman for the mayor’s spokesman Cal Harris said Monday afternoon.
“This could have been a different situation if Mayor Scott had not been vaccinated,” Harris said.
Mr Harris said city health officials followed up with colleagues Scott spoke at outdoor events last weekend.
A spokesman for the mayor said he attended two events on Saturday: the opening of a neighborhood center and an important ceremony for a development company. On Sunday he performed at the Latin American Cities of Nations Parade.
Baltimore City Councilor Zick Cohen said on Twitter on Monday that he accompanied the mayor to the march but later tested negative for the virus.
Mayer’s positive results come as Baltimore struggles with a significant increase in new infections. According to Sunday’s New York Times database, the average daily number of new cases over the past seven days was 122.
During the highlands in early July, the average daily rate was 5 new cases per day. Just under two-thirds of the city’s eligible residents have been fully vaccinated, according to the Times.
Mr Scott is trying to increase the vaccination rate in the city. He said last month that all city officials should be vaccinated by October 18.