A Florida Sheriff’s Office slammed a Georgia state senator this week after it was revealed that the politician traveled to the state after testing positive for COVID-19.
The politician, Bruce Thompson (R-GA), arrived at his property in St. George Island on Tuesday, about a week after he confirmed on Facebook that he had tested positive for the virus, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
In a statement obtained by the newspaper on Wednesday, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said its staff was “not happy that a lawmaker is refusing to stay in Atlanta in quarantine, rather bringing it to our county to stay in his vacation home.”
Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith also knocked the state senator for his decision to visit the county, which he said had not reported any cases of the virus up until his arrival.
“He’s got #stayhome on his Facebook page and he’s down here in Florida in a county that has no cases and he tested positive,” Smith told the paper in a statement.
“His driver’s licenses is Georgia. His voter’s registration is in Georgia, so just practice what you preach and don’t come here. It’s ridiculous. It’s so selfish of this person to do this,” he added.
According to the latest data from the Florida Department of Health, over 6,900 cases of the virus have been recorded in the state as well as 87 deaths.
The report comes as public fears over the virus continue to mount as the number of cases sees a rapid rise in the country.
So far, John Hopkins University data has recorded more than 885,000 cases of the disease worldwide. Data also shows that more than 44,200 people have died from the virus, while over 180,000 people have recovered.