Mayor of McGehee in 14-day quarantine after son tests positive for COVID-19

When 26-year-old Ross Owyoung visited his family last weekend, he didn’t know he would test positive for COVID-19. Now, his family is in quarantine.

MCGEHEE, Ark. — Ross Owyoung started feeling sick earlier this week.  

The 26-year-old director of UA Little Rock’s downtown campus had fever and body aches, so he went to get tested for coronavirus and it came back positive. 

He’s mostly recovered now, just a few days later, but last weekend he visited his parents in McGehee. His father, Jeff, is the mayor.

Because he wasn’t sure he was positive or not while he was there, Mayor Jeff Owyoung and his wife are in quarantine. 

He never believed this could hit his family and happen so quickly.

“That’s what’s wild. I’ve been taking all the precautions and everything,” Ross said. “I don’t really go out in many public settings. I wear my mask when I go out in public, I practice social distancing — and yeah, it’s really wild that I contracted coronavirus because I thought I was being really safe.”

On Facebook, Mayor Owyoung said he and his wife do not have COVID, but said they’ve been in quarantine since Ross’ positive test result.  

He goes on to say, “This virus does not have any boundaries and can infect anyone. These are trying times, so let’s all treat each other with respect . . . Please pray for this virus not to spread to any other members of our family.” 

All of Ross’ symptoms are gone except his loss of taste and smell.  He has no idea where he contracted the virus. 

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