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Pinellas County sheriff tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 3:19 PM, Aug 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-15 18:36:25-04

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Gualtieri tested positive on Friday, August 14.

Sheriff Gualtieri's symptoms are mild and began with a loss of taste and smell. He has no fever or respiratory issues.

According to I-Team Investigator Adam Walser, Sheriff Gualtieri was at the three-day conference for Florida sheriffs that took place in July.


Now, there is a total of five sheriffs, one unnamed attendee, the director and deputy director of the department of corrections, four staff members of the Florida Sheriff's Association who attended the conference and one who did not.

That is a total of 13 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 that had ties to that conference.

Sheriff Gualtieri will follow the direction provided by the Department of Health and will remain home for 10 days.

He will continue to be in contact with the sheriff's office staff and will work remotely during the time he is out of the office.