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Broward Sheriff candidate Scott Israel hospitalized with COVID-19

Scott Israel, the former Broward Sheriff who is running again to reclaim that position, is hospitalized with COVID-19.

Israel, 64, tested positive Tuesday night.

He is currently in the hospital undergoing an evaluation, and he confirmed that he will continue with his campaign while quarantined.

In a news statement Israel said:

“After experiencing symptoms over the past several days and at the urging of family and friends, I decided to take another coronavirus test. This time, unfortunately, the test was positive,”… “Like most of you, I took precautions, followed the advice of health experts, wore a mask in public, washed my hands regularly and observed social distancing. Yet, despite this vigilance, I have contracted the virus. My outlook is positive, my faith is strong, and I rest in the strong support of loving family, friends and colleagues.”

He’s running to unseat Sheriff Gregory Tony, who was installed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to lead the Broward Sheriff’s Office in January 2019 after the governor removed Israel in the fallout of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shootings.

They’re both considered frontrunners on the ballot for the Democratic primary on Aug. 18 despite both facing a vote of no-confidence from their deputies.