New York State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Wheatley Heights) has become the third New York State lawmaker to test positive for coronavirus, she announced Thursday.
“Today I learned that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” she said in a statement. “I am now home and doing well and will continue working for New Yorkers remotely during these trying times until it is safe to end my self-quarantine.”
The other two state lawmakers with coronavirus are fellow members of the state Assembly from Brooklyn: Helene Weinstein and Charles Baron.
She’s not the only government official on Long Island who has been quarantined. Suffolk County Deputy County Executive Peter Scully was quarantined after being diagnosed with coronavirus prompting his boss, Suffolk County Steve Bellone, to telecommute from home as a precaution. U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) also quarantined herself Wednesday after coming in contact with a congressmen diagnosed with COVID-19.
“From the outset of this dangerous virus, my staff and I have been heeding the health recommendations from the CDC and Department of Health and we will continue to do so to mitigate the spread of the virus,” Jean-Pierre said. “I urge all New Yorkers to take this seriously and follow these same guidelines so that we can recover from this public health threat.”
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