Second Indianapolis councilor checks optimistic for coronavirus

Indianapolis City Councilor William Oliver and his wife Dorothy tested for the coronavirus.

A second Indianapolis City-County Council member has announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Councilor William “Duke” Oliver, 77, tested positive along with his wife Dorothy Oliver, 70, earlier this month, he announced in a press release on Monday.

Dorothy Oliver was briefly hospitalized and discharged on December 9th. The couple, who have been married for more than 55 years, are recovering at home.

Oliver represents District 9, which is located near the Indiana State Fairgrounds. He served on the council for more than 15 years.

Oliver reports that he is much better, but his wife, who according to the press release had a more severe case, is recovering more slowly.

Oliver is the second publicly known council member to contract the coronavirus. Councilor Kristin Jones announced in May that she had also tested positive by writing an open letter describing her negative symptoms.

“Folks, you don’t want that,” Jones said in a statement posted on social media at the time. “And you don’t want to give that to anyone. I struggle to get out of bed and get dressed. Eating is a chore.”

Mayor Joe Hogsett was also quarantined in November after being exposed to someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. The Hogsetts later tested negative for the coronavirus.

The Olivers urged Indianapolis residents to take all precautions for the coronavirus, including wearing a mask, keeping your distance from others, and washing your hands frequently.

“I appreciate the prayers and good wishes,” Oliver said in a statement. “But most of all, I want everyone to be careful.

“Stay masked, stay home, stay safe,” he added.

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