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Pittsburgh mayor-elect Gainey’s PCR test comes back negative

PITTSBURGH — The results of Mayor-elect Ed Gainey’s PCR test for COVID-19 returned negative.

During a virtual press conference to unveil his transition team on Monday, Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Ed Gainey originially announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, after being exposed over the weekend.

Gainey, who is vaccinated and has received a booster vaccination, never had symptoms of the virus.

His initial rapid test was inconclusive and was described by his primary care physician as “slightly positive”, indicating that further testing was necessary to rule out a false-positive.

As a result, a PCR test was administered, which resulted in a negative determination late yesterday evening.

Regardless of this outcome, the Mayor-Elect strongly encourages everyone to be vaccinated.

“I believe it is extremely important that everybody in Pittsburgh get a COVID-19 vaccine and a booster, and that everyone use recommended masking procedures when in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. We must not forget that the risk from COVID-19, including from its new variant Omicron, is still a major public health threat.”