Councillor receives positive Covid-19 test result in the middle of a meeting

A Brighton and Hove councillor received notification of a positive Covid-19 test result in the middle of a meeting.

Friday, 22nd October 2021, 9:44 am
Brighton Town Hall (Google Maps Street View)

According to the Labour group, the councillor was confident of being Covid-safe having taken multiple lateral flows over recent days including yesterday (Thursday October 21) all of which had come back negative.

But during the evening’s full council meeting at Brighton Town Hall, they received notification that a PCR test they had taken the previous day had come back positive.

As soon as they received notification of the positive test result, they notified the group leaders, who in turn notified the monitoring officer, and left the town hall to return home to self-isolate.

The meeting was then adjourned.

The Labour group went on to explain the councillor in question has had both vaccines and for over a year has been taking a weekly PCR test. This is because they work in a sector that requires regular testing, outside of their council duties.

They say this emphasises that everyone needs to test regularly, follow the Covid guidelines, wear masks and remain vigilant as Covid cases are on the rise.

The group added: “We can all take steps to help keep cases down and reduce the spread; getting Covid vaccines, booster and flu jab when offered; wearing a face covering in crowded or enclosed spaces; meeting outside where possible or letting fresh air in; taking twice-weekly lateral flow tests; and following the guidance.”