Fresno's mayor-elect has COVID-19 after attending party

Fresno’s mayor-elect has tested positive for COVID-19 after attending an election-night dinner with a few elected officials

The former police chief told the Fresno Bee he went into quarantine after receiving the test result Tuesday. Dyer said he took the test after experiencing a light cough and that his symptoms developed with a headache, body aches, chills and a mild fever.

“I would equate my symptoms, at least at this point, to a severe cold or mild flu,” he said. “I consider myself very fortunate as I know others experience severe sickness and unfortunately, death."

Dyer attended the dinner on Nov. 3 with Fresno Mayor Lee Brand, City Councilman Mike Karbassi, county Supervisor Steve Brandau. and several others at the home of a Kaiser Permanente government affairs manager Serop Torossian.

The hospital chain told KFSN-TV the gathering was a private party and was not associated with Kaiser Permanente.

The board, which has been meeting in person throughout the pandemic, also postponed its Nov. 17 meeting by a week.

“Don’t get comfortable,” he said. “Even if it’s your first time going out to someone’s house, you can get exposed. That’s what happened to me. Keep distance. It’s (the pandemic) not over, by any means, and it’s probably getting worse."