Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood announced his positive test result on Facebook.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood announced he tested positive for COVID-19 in his Facebook coronavirus update on Friday, July 31.
The sheriff announced his symptoms are mild, but he will be self-quarantining for 14 days per his doctor's orders.
"If there is a bright side, I am allowed to exercise outdoors, just not with other people," Chitwood wrote.
Chitwood has been issuing regular COVID-19 updates on his Facebook page, informing the public on how many new locations flagged for possible coronavirus infections are added, and removed, each day. This information is provided to first responders by the Department of Health. On Friday, July 31, Chitwood said there are a total of 3,802 current flagged addresses, including the 102 locations added that day.
To date, Chitwood said 4,429 locations have been flagged in Volusia, and of those, 627 have been removed.
"I am encouraging anyone who is not feeling up to par to get tested," Chitwood wrote. "I have no idea how I contracted this and that is a lesson in itself: Anyone can catch this."