State Representative Liz Miranda represents the 5th Suffolk district, an area of about 40,000 residents.
On Thursday, April 30th, I (Rep. Liz Miranda) was tested for COVID-19 at Bowdoin Street Health Center (BSHC). BSHC is a great facility in our community. Testing was safe, quick, and easy. I am very grateful to both BSHC and Dorchester House that I was able to be tested after I found out I had exposure to the virus. I received a packet with medical information about COVID-19, gloves, sanitizer, and a mask.
On Friday, May 1st, I was informed that I had tested positive for the novel virus, COVID-19. Since then, many of my family members across multiple households were tested and also found to be positive for COVID-19. Some were negative. I am so grateful to the healthcare professionals at our hospitals and community health centers for providing testing and care to my family, and to families like mine.
Thankfully, most of us are experiencing mild symptoms. As soon as we received the results, we all began to self-quarantine in our homes. I reached out to my primary care physician on May 1st to inform them of my diagnosis, and I contacted the Mayor’s Health Hotline and received guidance on best practices for accessing care and enacting safe quarantine practices. Since Thursday evening, I have experienced various symptoms of the virus, most notably: extreme fatigue, headaches, a dry cough, loss of taste and smell, fevers and body aches. I am currently resting at home and following the advice of medical professionals to fight this infection.
What I want to stress is that my family is unsure about how we were exposed. Communities like Roxbury and Dorchester have seen a disproportionate level of infections and deaths from the COVID-19. Nobody is immune to this virus, and we should continue to take this disease and preventing its spread very seriously. It is vitally important to follow the physical distancing and sanitizing guidelines to prevent further transmission of this disease. Stay at home unless you really need to go out for essentials.
I will return to working remotely on behalf of the residents of Roxbury and Dorchester and the Commonwealth when I am healthy enough to do so. If you need to reach my office, please contact my legislative aide, Mariela Casellas at Mariela.Casellas@mahouse.gov or call (617) 297-7868. For those of you who have already reached out, I thank you for your good wishes and concerns. Please keep our family in your prayers as we navigate this difficult time.
Peace and Love,