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Mayor Montz shares update after testing positive for COVID-19: ‘I have lost all ability to taste or smell’ Staff




Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz announced his positive COVID-19 test result on Wednesday. (Photo: Zoom / WNWO)

Tiffin, Ohio — Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz says he has lost “all ability to taste or smell” and that his “energy level is probably about a 2 on a 1-10 scale” after testing positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this week.

Montz announced Wednesday that he was tested for COVID-19 at Tiffin Mercy Hospital, and his result came back positive.

“Unfortunately, today I tested positive for the novel coronavirus and have begun my quarantine. Luckily, at this time my symptoms are relatively mild and will be monitored closely for any changes,” Montz tweeted Wednesday.

In an interview conducted remotely Friday with NBC 24’s Jamie Innis, Montz said he has never been so tired in his life.

“There were times that I was mid-email to someone at work and fell asleep. I woke up hours later with the phone still on, halfway through sending an email. I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired from something,” Montz said.

Montz will remain under quarantine until at least Oct. 17, according to City Administrator Dale Thornton. The mayor will continue to work at home during the period of his quarantine, and he remains available to staff and members of City Council via phone or email as needed.

“Sadly I have lost all ability to taste or smell and my energy level is probably about a 2 on a 1-10 scale,” Montz tweeted Saturday morning. “Thankfully I am young with a good immune system and hope to be back to the office in 10 days.”

Montz said he no longer has a fever, but his cough has worsened.

You can watch the interview on NBC 24’s website here.

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