With over 400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County, the presence of the virus is threatening all segments of the local population. Now, it is touching a well-known religious leader and political figure. Common Council President Darius Pridgen took to Facebook Sunday to announce he had tested positive.
The symptoms developed over the last 11 days with Pridgen opting to self-isolate.
"It went from five minutes to ten minutes, sometime, it would take me an hour to get done with things," Pridgen said while coughing during his Facebook appearance.
"I didn't expect to be on this journey," Pridgen said. "I'm not a germophobe, but...I'm not a real-close, get-in-people's face person. Did all the precautions. Did everything that I knew to do."
Pridgen says he was tested on Saturday. His son has also tested positive for COVID-19.