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Dyer's Roller Coaster Experience Dealing with COVID
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 3 years ago on
November 12, 2020

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Fresno’s next mayor is experience a roller coaster of recovery from COVID-19.

Just after Fresno Mayor-elect Jerry Dyer told GV Wire℠ his condition was improving, after contracting COVID-19, things took a turn for the worse, again.

“The symptoms come and go, but I feel much better this morning. I have a slight headache and much of the body aching has subsided. Energy level is very low,” Dyer told GV Wire℠ via text earlier today.

After the story published, Dyer sent another update.

“Last night I had slight chills, which seem to come and go, but I  slept well. I woke up this morning and felt better in that much of the body aching had subsided. However, I still felt very tired. Unfortunately, by late morning some of the effects had returned,” Dyer said.

Dyer described his symptoms as “a head cold, back aches, and slight nausea.”

“My breathing is also different, but hard to explain. Not labored breathing, but somewhat like you are out of breath. Coughing is very infrequent, at least for the moment. My oxygen levels remain high as I test them frequently. They range between 96 and 99,” Dyer said.

Remaining Quarantined

When Dyer revealed his diagnosis on Tuesday, he said he was recovering after some flu-like symptoms. On Wednesday, Dyer said he took a turn for the worse, losing energy and hurting if he coughed or move.

Dyer said he will remain quarantined at home through at least next week. He says his son-in-law has tested negative. His wife, Diane, is experiencing “mild symptoms,” according to Dyer. She and their daughter are awaiting testing results.

“I have talked to many folks who have had COVID who all said the same thing. When you think you are getting better it hits you again. Very hard to predict,” Dyer said.

Well-Wishes from Governors

While Dyer is recovering, he’s received some well-wishes from the top of the Golden State.

“I do appreciate all of the folks who have reached out to say they are praying for me and my family, and for those who have given me advice. I was also pleasantly surprised to receive a get well text from Governor Newsom, as well as a text message and phone call from former Governor Jerry Brown. Both of them wishing me well,” Dyer said.

“My wife and I have truly been touched by the outpouring of love and support from our community. I will never forget this. This is what makes Fresno so special,” Dyer said.

COVID Traced to Election Night Event

Fresno County Supervisor Steve Brandau said he tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Before receiving his diagnosis, Brandau attended an election night function at the home of former city planning commissioner Serop Torossian.

Also attending were Dyer, Fresno City Councilman Mike Karbassi, Granville Homes president and CEO Darius Assemi, and at least one other.

Assemi, also the publisher of GV Wire, said he tested positive for COVID last Friday and has been quarantining at home.

Karbassi tested negative and voluntarily quarantined for a few days out of caution. Torossian says he’s also quarantining.

Dyer officially becomes mayor on Jan. 5, after winning the March 2020 election outright with a majority of votes to avoid a November runoff.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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