Leon County School Board member Rosanne Wood announced that she has tested positive for COVID.
In a statement provided to the Tallahassee Democrat, Wood said she got the virus during an overcrowded school board meeting.
Her full statement is provided below.
STATEMENT FROM LEON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER ROSANNE WOOD
It’s so ironic. As I sat in our overcrowded school board meeting last week with an unmasked, unvaccinated, “liberty-loving” crowd, the Delta variant got me. I have COVID. No matter that I was masked, no matter that I am fully vaccinated. How do I know I got it there? It’s the only place I’ve been in weeks among unvaccinated, unmasked people.
I’m miserable. But, because I got vaccinated, at least I’m not in the hospital like some of our teachers and children. I’m just home, quarantined in my bedroom, trying not to give it to my husband.
The School Board was screamed at about discrimination and freedom for four hours. We were read the Declaration of Independence on multiple occasions because some of us wanted vulnerable children and grown adults to be masked at school and for families to get vaccinated. I want children to have the freedom to come and stay at school. I want the freedom to carry on with my life, liberty, and happiness. That has been denied to me in the name of someone else’s choice. Sorry, but liberty comes with responsibility, and has limits when it endangers others.
To top it off, my beloved 30-year-old vaccinated daughter, who I have not been around, got COVID this week too. She was trapped in the Leon County Courthouse on jury duty for over four hours, with many unmasked, coughing people. Where’s her freedom now? Isn’t government supposed to protect our safety and welfare? Something needs to change, soon.