By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Ed Gainey said his COVID-19 test was a false positive.

Gainey took a rapid test during a routine check-up and it came back “slightly positive,” forcing a press conference unveiling his transition team to go virtual on Monday. Gainey said he learned Saturday that he had been exposed.

The results of a PCR test said he was negative, he announced Wednesday. He didn’t have any symptoms.

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Gainey, who is vaccinated and got his booster shot, encouraged everyone to get vaccinated.

“I believe it is extremely important that everybody in Pittsburgh get a COVID-19 vaccine and a booster, and that everyone use recommended masking procedures when in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. We must not forget that the risk from COVID-19, including from its new variant Omicron, is still a major public health threat,” he said in a press release.

On Jan. 3, Gainey takes over from Bill Peduto and makes his own history as the city’s first Black mayor.