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.
BREAKING: Scott Israel, the former Broward County Sheriff removed from office but fighting to regain his seat in November, has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, he said Wednesday. https://t.co/VtuCyi66tX
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) July 15, 2020
Scott Israel, the former Broward County sheriff who is running to reclaim the office, has been hospitalized with COVID-19. Israel, 62, tested positive for the virus Tuesday night and is at a local hospital. pic.twitter.com/PM9pgDaJxA
— BallerAlert (@balleralert) July 15, 2020