Former Luzerne County Council member tests positive for COVID-19


SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Former Luzerne County Council member, 49-year-old Rick Morelli from Sugarloaf Township, says he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

He tells Eyewitness News when he learned that he had been near a person in New York that had COVID-19, he went for a test. The test showed positive.

Morelli said he was totally surprised, “ I never thought I would test positive”.

49 year old Rick Morelli from Sugarloaf Township will be the first to tell you that he is a very outgoing person. He is physically fit and active. He has been and still is very involved in his community. He served on the Luzerne County Council and the Hazleton Area School Board. He also served as a Delegate for the Republican National Convention in 2016. He has a reputation of facing challenges head on, but this is a challenge he admits he never saw coming.

Morelli mentioned, “I work out of my house primarily but a few weeks ago I was in New York City with my sales team. I was around some people who obviously live in New York. When I was on a sales call two weeks ago I found out that one of my coworkers who I was in the room with, tested positive for Covid-19″.

He immediately contacted his healthcare provider and was tested for the Coronavirus. The test came back positive.

In regards to Morelli’s symptoms, he exclaimed,“ The good thing is that myself along with probably a lot of other people have no signs whatsoever. I’m feeling fine. I’m perfectly fine! It’s a good thing because a lot of us will be able to get over it. “

But he is taking precautions. Like self-quarantining.

“I’m lucky in the sense I’m feeling fine, but I certainly have to be careful with- I’m not going around anyone,” Morelli said.

Morelli says he’s hoping to turn what could be a very bad situation- into something positive, “I’ve been doing a lot of reading and hearing about individuals who tested positive and are donating their plasma so they can help people who are really sick. I’m in the process of talking with someone from New York to try to set up an appointment to donate my plasma”.

Morelli says he hopes people will learn a lesson from his experience. That Covid-19 must be taken seriously and that it can affect anyone.

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