Cuyahoga Falls City Council member doing 'much better' as he battles COVID-19
Jeff Iula said he tested positive for the coronavirus about a week before Christmas
CUYAHOGA FALLS — A city council member who said he tested positive for COVID-19 about a week before Christmas told his colleagues Monday he was doing "much better."
Council member Jeff Iula (R-at large) thanked his fellow legislators during Monday's virtual council meeting for their support during his battle with the coronavirus.
Iula shared that his experience with COVID-19 had been difficult.
"It's not easy," said Iula to the other members of council. "If you guys get it, just stay home and God bless you because it has not been fun the last two weeks."
Along with his role on Cuyahoga Falls City Council, Iula is well known in the region for his long-standing support of the All-American Soap Box Derby, previously serving as general manager for years.
Council members offered well wishes to Iula.
"We wish you a very speedy recovery," Council President Mike Brillhart (D-5) said.
"Hang in there. Take care of yourself," added Council member Russ Balthis (at-large).
In a phone conversation Tuesday, Iula said he started feeling "tired and drained" a couple of weeks ago. At about that same time, he learned someone he had recently been in close contact with had COVID-19. Iula said he tested positive for the coronavirus about a week before Christmas.
He said his wife, Nancy, got tested the next day but her test was negative. Iula has been isolating on the first level of their home, while Nancy has stayed on the upper level.
Iula said he went through a few days leading up to Christmas Day where he didn't feel like eating much, but started eating more on Christmas and in the days since. In addition to a lack of appetite, Iula noted he felt "groggy and tired."
He said he went to a doctor's appointment Monday where he learned all of his vitals were good. Iula said he received some medication for a dry cough he had developed and noted he was advised to "still take it easy."
Iula said "it's been very tough" to spend the past couple of weeks at home dealing with the illness, but added he appreciated the well-wishes and support that came from the city administration and his fellow council members.
"I'm glad that I'm getting better," Iula said.
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