By Jessica Cohen


For the Gazette


PORT JERVIS - Mayor Kelly Decker has COVID-19, which he announced on his Facebook page and elaborated on later.


“I was very limited in what I did and who I was around, so I could clearly


trace my steps back over the last week and saw no signs,” he said, noting that people without symptoms may carry the virus and pass it on.


Decker said he felt “great” on Saturday, other than having a cough that he blamed on spring allergies.


“Saturday, I woke up with aches and pains and a low-grade fever. By the end of the day I had a fever, headache, pain all over and, oh yeah, the cough. Sunday, I woke up the same way, so being safe rather than sorry, I went to Bon Secours ER and was tested,” he wrote on Facebook. “Sunday night was bad with the sweats but I woke up Monday with no fever and no headache. However, I literally felt like a Mack truck had hit me when it came to muscle aches. I lost all sense of smell and taste and I still had the cough. Today was the same thing but otherwise I feel good.”


He received positive test results on Tuesday. His recovery process includes resting, breathing exercises and “getting up and walking around,” he said. The breathing exercises were recommended to him by people familiar with others who have had COVID-19, he said.


The suggestion is consistent with recommendations by Dr. Doug Manion, an infectious disease specialist and part-time Milford resident, who said such exercises and positioning can help prevent dead lung cells from collecting in the lungs and interfering with breathing.


Decker said he has also been sitting in the sun and “checking for any changes that might be concerning.”