FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) — Fresno Mayor-elect Jerry Dyer has tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday according to his statement.

As you know, after being notified of my exposure to Steve Brandau last Tuesday evening at a small dinner gathering, I had a Rapid PCR test done Tuesday evening.  That test showed no detection of Covid. 

I started to experience a very light cough late yesterday morning.  Out of an abundance of caution I took a second test yesterday afternoon. 

I was notified a few minutes ago that my test came back positive for Covid. 

Last night I had a headache, body aches, and chills.  I also had a mild fever. 

However, I am already starting to feel much better.  I would equate my symptoms, at least at this point to a severe cold or mild flu. 

I consider myself very fortunate as I know others experience severe sickness and unfortunately, death. 

I will be in quarantine as determined by the Fresno County Health Department.

Fresno Mayor-elect Jerry Dyer

Mayor-elect Dyer spoke exclusively to Alexan Balekian Tuesday describing the night before his diagnosis as “rough” but that he is “getting better.”

Dyer said he was unaware that Supervisor Steve Brandau had been showing symptoms of COVID-19 prior to the election night get-together on Nov. 3, and that he didn’t spend much time around Brandau that evening.

“It just goes to show you that you don’t need much contact with someone if they have symptoms,” Dyer said. “If he had symptoms, yeah, it would have been nice if he would have stayed at home that evening.”