Staffer of Mayor Marty Small Tests Positive for COVID-19, Halts Public Events

By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

ATLANTIC CITY – Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. said Monday night he has postponed public activities for a week while he is under quarantine after a member of his staff tested positive for the coronavirus.

Small is running against Republican challenger Thomas Forkin in the mayoral race to fill the remaining term of Frank Gilliam, tested negative.

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“I’m hanging in there. I’m fine,” Small told Front Runner New Jersey after his office put out a statement about one of the staffers testing positive. Small said the rest of his staff was tested for the coronavirus Monday and they will know the results in the evening. He declined to say how many were tested because of HIPPA rules.

“This is just a precaution and wanted to put it out there to the public to let them know what’s going on,” Small said. “I’m not going to resume any public activities until Monday. I’m just relaxing. Technically I could, but I’m going to follow the guidelines set in place.”

Small said while he is quarantining, his wife, Atlantic City High School Principal La’Quetta Small and his two school-age children do not fall under the quarantine guidelines.

A statement from Small’s office said his team will be operating remotely for the time being.

“The mayor and his staff will continue to follow established COVID-19 protocols,” the statement said.

Small was Atlantic City council president represented Ward 2 when he was elevated to the mayor’s position after Gilliam was forced to resign because of a federal fraud charge. Small a longtime council member who ran twice before for mayor, defeated Pamela Thomas-Field in the Democratic primary in July with about 65 percent of the vote.

Forkin has not commented publicly so far.

A native of Atlantic City and former basketball standout at Stockton University, has served on city council since 2003.

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