LA Mayor Garcetti Tests Positive for COVID-19 at UN Climate Conference

The two-term mayor is isolating in a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland and feeling good, his office says.

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Mayor Eric Garcetti has tested positive for COVID-19 at the United Nations climate conference in Scotland, where leaders from around the world gathered this week.

A tweet from his office announcing the positive test result Wednesday went on to say the mayor, who is fully vaccinated, is feeling good and isolating in a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland.

He was scheduled to moderate a panel discussion on international finance to support city climate action on COP26 Finance Day. He also was scheduled to join a panel on urban challenges and solutions to combating the climate crisis.

It was not immediately clear when he's expected to return to Los Angeles.

The conference's organizers outlined strict rules to guard against COVID infections, including requiring masks and showing daily proof of a negative result to enter the venue.

Garcetti arrived Monday on a train with other mayors from around the world. The leaders are delivering speeches, participating on panels, posing for group photos and conferring with others at the climate talks.

Garcetti's then-9-year-old daughter tested positive for the virus in December, leading to the mayor working from home in isolation for a period of time. Garcetti's daughter has since recovered and tested negative.

The mayor regularly delivered coronavirus updates from Los Angeles City Hall, making him a fixture on LA television stations during the height of the pandemic.

In July, it was announced that Garcetti was selected by the Biden Administration to serve as ambassador to India. His current term ends in 2022.

About 25,000 people picked up badges at the summit, Laura Lopez, conference affairs director for the summit, said Wednesday. Of them, 97% have been vaccinated.

Lopez said there had been roughly eight COVID cases, including one U.N. employee, the Associated Press reported.

In Los Angeles County, 80% of residents age 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 72% are fully vaccinated, according to the county. Among the county's overall population of 10.3 million people, including those under age 12 who aren't yet eligible for the shots, 69% have received at least one dose, and 61% are fully vaccinated.

Some fully vaccinated people will still get COVID-19 because no vaccine is 100-percent effective, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. All vaccines currently authorized in the U.S. help protect people against COVID and severe illnesses associated with the virus, the agency said.

The Los Angeles City Council last month approved the city's COVID-19 employee vaccination mandate. It includes an enforcement framework that could lead to the termination of workers who fail to obtain medical or religious exemptions and who remain unvaccinated by mid-December.

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