TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBBS5) -- Tempe's mayor-elect has announced that he has COVID-19. Corey Woods put the news out on social media Tuesday night.

Woods says he woke up last Friday morning with a mild fever. He decided to quarantine at home until he could get tested Monday. The positive test results came back Tuesday.

As Woods gets ready to take the oath of office on Thursday, he'll be at home under quarantine and the ceremony will be virtual.

“One thing that my grandmother always used to say to me back in the day was, you know God doesn't give you things that you can't handle,” he said. “And I’m assuming that if I’m here during this time, I’m equipped to handle this.”

On Facebook this week, Woods shared his story, saying coronavirus is "serious business" and "we all need to be extremely careful." It's also an effort to be transparent, he says, and clear up misconceptions so people aren't afraid to talk about it.

“There's nothing to be ashamed about,” Woods said. “It's something that is a lot of people have clearly become afflicted with. I don't know how I got it. There are plenty of people that I've talked to that don't know how they got it either.”

Woods has been working from home for the better part of the last four months and says when he did go out in public, he would wear a mask and follow CDC and local guidelines. Last week, he had a fever for less than a day and body aches that shortly subsided after that.

“The smell thing has really been the one symptom that I can clearly tell is different,” he said. “Where I went to smell a couple of things in my apartment and I couldn't smell anything.”

Woods has to stay in his apartment for the next week. After years as a Tempe City Council member, he feels fortunate to begin this new role and hopefully make a positive difference.

“It’s really exciting, humbling,” he said. “I mean, I have been interested in public service since I was a child.”

Before being elected as mayor, he served two terms on the Tempe City Council, from 2008 to 2016. According to his website, he championed initiatives that addressed affordable housing and human services. He is currently the Community Relations Officer for ASU Prep. He graduated from the University of Michigan 2000 with a degree in political science. In May 2018, Woods earned a master’s degree in educational policy from Arizona State University.


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