TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Attorney Ashley Moody has tested positive for COVID-19, she disclosed Wednesday night on Twitter.

What You Need To Know

  • Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody says she has COVID-19

  • Moody says she has mild symptoms and her family is healthy

  • She had traveled to Texas with the governor and others last weekend

  • Moody said she had received a vaccination earlier this year 

Moody said she already had been vaccinated and is only experiencing mild symptoms.

The attorney general has been part of Gov. Ron DeSantis' travel parties recently, including a trip to Texas this past weekend to tour that state's border with Mexico. She also met with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on that trip.

Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen also accompanied DeSantis on that trip.

Spectrum News has reached out to the Governor's Office to see whether he has been tested for COVID or expects to take a test but has not yet received a response.

In her tweet, Moody encouraged Floridians to be "vigilant about their health." 

The news comes as John Hopkins University announced Wednesday that COVID cases are spiking across the United States, with the seven-day rolling average for daily new cases climbing over the past two weeks to more than 37,000. 

Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Florida is seeing 106% more COVID cases this week compared to last week.

According to the CDC:

  • 159 million Americans have been vaccinated.
  • Of those, 5,492 cases of COVID resulted in hospitalization or death

Vaccinations have become somewhat of a political issue, but DeSantis and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell both urged people to get a COVID vaccination to try to slow the spread of the virus and to try to lessen the severity of the illness if they do get sick.

DeSantis and Moody also are Republicans. DeSantis has said he will not reinstate COVID restrictions such as mask wearing and social distancing to try to roll back Florida's increasing cases.