By Robert Medley
Yukon City Manager Jim Crosby has tested positive for
COVID-19 and is now quarantined at home, Crosby said in a telephone interview Friday.
“I’ve got it. I encourage everybody to take safety precautions as it is recommended. The numbers are really high right now and the deaths have gone up in the state,” Crosby said.
Crosby, 79, said he was exposed by his son who has also tested positive. Crosby said he does not have any severe symptoms and hopes to return to work Monday, Dec. 14.
As the number of deaths and cases increase in Yukon, Canadian County and the state, Crosby urges people to be safe.
“I think people need to take as many precautions as possible,” Crosby said.
Crosby said he can do some work from home and is staying in separate parts of his home from others.
“I’m feeling pretty good, so far a few minor symptoms but I’m doing well considering what the possibilities could be. I consider myself very lucky right now, but you just have to wait and see if it gets worse or not.”
Crosby has worn a mask during the pandemic when in public, and he said he has used hand sanitizer frequently and took precautions.
He said his son who has tested positive is also doing well at home to recover.
Crosby will be under quarantine until Friday, Dec. 11, and expects to return on Monday, Dec. 14.
He said his son had sinus problems a few weeks ago, and when he was tested was positive.
“So I decided I would get myself tested,’ Crosby said. “The rest of my family is doing fine.”
Crosby will retire as city manager on Jan. 22. He will be 80 years-old on Jan. 20.
Crosby has been Yukon’s city manager the last five years and has also been city manager in Piedmont, and he was city manager of Norman in the 1970s and 1980s. He became Yukon city manager in 1994 before going to Piedmont for part of his career. He said he is watching symptoms at home until he returns.
“We want to make sure every is safe. It is a very serious thing and people have to take it serious,” Crosby said. “I’m just hoping people will stay safe, wear a mask and stay distanced.”
Crosby did not attend the regular Yukon City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1.