At least three FL lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19, and they’re tweeting their thoughts

By: - July 30, 2020 4:11 pm

Rep. Randy Fine is one of the Florida lawmakers to test positive for COVID-19. Source: Screengrab from Fine’s video updates of his COVID-19 symptoms

State Sen. Rob Bradley is the third Florida lawmaker to test positive for COVID-19, joining Rep. Randy Fine, currently sick with COVID-19, and Rep. Shevrin Jones, who tested positive in early July.

Florida House Democrat Shevrin Jones took to Twitter to describe his experience as a COVID patient. Source: Screen grab

Jones was the first state lawmaker to announce his COVID-19-positive status, and provided regular video updates on his symptoms. He is a Democrat who represents part of Broward County.

“Sen @Rob_Bradley and Rep @VoteRandyFine are both battling what me and so many others have gone through or are going through, COVID-19. I don’t care what your political party is, if you or a family member are battling COVID, I’m praying for a healthy body and a healthy mind,” Jones tweeted Wednesday.

State Rep. Fine announced his COVID-19 status in a tweet on July 22. He is a Republican that represents part of Brevard County and is also posting regular video updates on his symptoms.

Fine responded to the Jones tweet saying, “Thanks @ShevrinJones. The virus doesn’t care about politics and I think we can all attest it is a big deal. I’ve never been sick this long and hope everyone takes this with the seriousness it deserves.”

Sen. Bradley also responded to the tweet.

State Sen. Rob Bradley. Credit: COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

“Amen! We are all in this together,” he replied. Bradley is a Republican who represents a swath of North Florida counties and is the chairman of the Senate’s Appropriations committee.

The two representatives are using social media platforms to provide updates updates on their symptoms and stress the severity of living with COVID-19.

During his updates, Jones reported “ups and downs” of COVID-related symptoms, such as headaches, chest pains, severe dizziness, nausea, and chills.

Fine has expressed similar ups and downs in his COVID symptoms. Since his initial tweet reporting “reasonably mild symptoms,” his updates have included exhaustion and a fever. His updates also report that his wife and two children also have tested positive and have similar symptoms.

“Folks, you don’t want to catch this,” Fine tweeted earlier this week.

Thursday, Fine announced that his parents tested negative for COVID-19 in a Facebook post and harped on the effectiveness of CDC guidelines.

“It seems that we did not cause any spread beyond our household, demonstrating that we can each make a difference by following CDC self-quarantine guidelines,” his post read.

When Jones was sick with more severe COVID-19 symptoms, he used his video updates to encourage Gov. Ron DeSantis to enforce a state-wide mask mandate. DeSantis has left mask mandates up to individual counties.

While Sen. Bradley has yet to make a public announcement of his COVID-19 positive status, he has tweeted about the support he is receiving.

“The outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming,” he said in a Tweet. “I’m a blessed man. We will get through this pandemic together. So much heart, grit and talent out there that I see every day. Light>Darkness.”

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Danielle J. Brown
Danielle J. Brown

Danielle J. Brown is a 2018 graduate of Florida State University. She has served as an editorial intern for International Program’s annual magazine and Rowland Publishing. She was born and raised in Tallahassee and reviews community theater productions for the Tallahassee Democrat.