DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced on Tuesday, Oct. 26, he has tested positive for COVID-19.

The mayor said he is fully vaccinated and experiencing mild symptoms.

His wife, who is also fully vaccinated, has tested negative.

Mayor Johnson said he has alerted people he and his family have been in close contact with and cancelled scheduled engagements this week.

“I appreciate your thoughts and prayers on behalf of my family, and I look forward to a speedy recovery so I can get back to work with my colleagues on behalf of the people of Dallas,” Mayor Johnson said in a statement.

He also took the opportunity to urge people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if they haven’t done so already.

Here is Mayor Johnson’s full statement regarding his testing positive for COVID-19:

“This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully, I am fully vaccinated, and I am only experiencing mild symptoms. My wife Nikki, who is also fully vaccinated, has tested negative.

“Our primary concern at this time is the health of our children, who are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine.

“I have notified my recent close contacts about my positive test, and we have alerted our boys’ schools. After I first began to feel ill late Monday, I also canceled my Tuesday events to ensure that I did not put anyone at risk. Now that I have confirmation of my status, I will be unable to preside over Wednesday’s Dallas City Council meeting and will unfortunately have to miss other engagements this week.

“I appreciate your thoughts and prayers on behalf of my family, and I look forward to a speedy recovery so I can get back to work with my colleagues on behalf of the people of Dallas.

“In addition, I want to take this opportunity to again encourage residents of Dallas to get vaccinated if they have not yet done so — and to receive a booster shot when they are eligible. The vaccines have saved lives and can make breakthrough cases, like mine, far less severe.”

CBSDFW.com Staff