Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson tests positive for COVID-19

Her result comes as Utah experiences a surge of infections driven by omicron subvariants.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, shown in May, has tested positive for COVID-19. She says she is not experiencing any symptoms.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson announced Thursday that she has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Guess it’s my turn,” she posted on Twitter with a photo of a positive rapid test. “Getting ready for work I had this unpleasant surprise. No symptoms.”

Wilson said in an interview that her husband had the virus for about a week and that she had tested negative four times before Thursday. She said she had been working remotely and had not been around anyone while her husband was sick.

Given the timing of his infection, she intended to head back to work Thursday, she said, but took a test before going in to the office. She continued to work remotely after testing positive.

The couple received their second boosters May 23, the mayor said. Wilson said her husband had mild symptoms and that she feels fine, aside from feeling like she has allergies. She said she will be staying home for at least five days.

Wilson’s test comes as Utah is experiencing a surge of infections, with more than 5,700 new cases logged in the past week.

Experts say the spike is driven by omicron subvariants and that high positivity rates suggest a significant undercount in cases.