Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel hospitalized with coronavirus

The disgraced former sheriff of Broward County has been hospitalized after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

Scott Israel is “in a local area hospital for further evaluation” after testing positive for COVID-19 Tuesday night, he said Wednesday in a statement on his campaign’s Facebook page.

“After experiencing symptoms over the past several days and at the urging of family and friends, I decided to take another coronavirus test,” Israel said. “This time, unfortunately, the test was positive. Like most of you, I took precautions, followed the advice of health experts, wore a mask in public, washed my hands regularly and observed social distancing. Yet, despite this vigilance, I have contracted the virus.”

Israel, who was the last elected sheriff of Broward County, was removed from his position in January 2019 shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis took office.

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