SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In an announcement on his personal Facebook page yesterday, former Springfield Mayor and Business Administrator Ziad Shehady confirmed that he had tested positive for COVID-19, more commonly known as coronavirus.
The diagnosis was confirmed by an update from Springfield Township, which did not specify that the case was Shehady, but noted the second case found in town is an adult that resides in Springfield, and commutes to work regularly, which matches his situational description.
Shehady, who served as mayor in 2010 and 2012 and deputy mayor in 2016 had worked as the town's business administrator for several years before being hired in 2018 to serve Red Bank as their Business Administrator.
In his Facebook post, Shehady noted that he called his doctor on March 14 after noticing what he referred to as severe respiratory symptoms. After waiting five days to find out the results of the test, Shehady was confirmed to have a positive test for COVID-19 yesterday.
He also described a rundown of his symptoms for those who looked at his post.
"Overall, the symptoms have been mild - slight headache in the beginning, a day of extreme chills and high fever, joint aches, and slight sore throat. I treated it with naproxen and within a day, those symptoms were gone. The coughing, congestion, and sniffles have lasted the longest but the worst and most noticeable symptom is the loss of smell and taste." he wrote in the post.
As of now, Shehady continues to rest and recover in his home, and said in the post that he shared the information of his positive diagnosis to give his friends some insight into his condition.