IU law professor Dawn Johnsen, wife of Bloomington mayor, tests positive for COVID-19

In a news release issued late morning on Friday, the city of Bloomington announced that Dawn Johnsen, a law professor at Indiana University and married to John Hamilton, mayor of the city, has tested positive for COVID-19.

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Dawn Johnsen, Indiana University professor of law, and John Hamilton, mayor of Bloomington, visit the farmers market in summer 2019. (Dave Askins/Square Beacon)

The test result was received Thursday, April 9, according to the release.

According to the release Johnsen has been self-isolating at home since she started experiencing symptoms. The release also indicates that Hamilton feels healthy but has self-quarantined since Johnsen’s diagnosis and will stay at home for 14 days, checking his temperature regularly.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, tiredness, and dry cough.

The city of Bloomington previously announced the positive tests of two city employees—a firefighter and a parks and recreation worker.

The Friday news release quotes Hamilton saying, “Dawn and I are so grateful for the good wishes of so many, and we will follow the health protocols that help keep each other and our community safe.”

The quote in the press release continues: “I will continue to work from home while I focus on helping Dawn recover and return to good health. I appreciate the dedication and expertise of all City government employees who keep our community functioning during this health emergency, together with all those healthcare workers on the front lines.”

According to the Indiana State Department of Health dashboard, 70 Monroe County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 so far.

[Updated at 8:28 p.m. on April 11] On his Facebook page around 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, mayor John Hamilton gave an update on Johnsen’s status, saying she is now hospitalized. His post reads in part: 

I want to update that Dawn as of this morning is now in the IUH hospital, getting treatment for COVID19. She is receiving great care in their state-of-the-art protocols—thanks again to our awesome health workers every day—and we’re lucky to have access to such a fine health care system.