Coronavirus hits the State Assembly of New York

Coronavirus hits the State Assembly of New York

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A recent statement from Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor and Carl Heastie, Assembly Speaker, confirmed two coronavirus cases in New York state assembly.

Saturday night seemed not to be in favor of the State Assembly of NY. The entry of coronavirus into the Capitol and Legislative Office has been disclosed on Twitter by assembly speaker and governor.

They have given a joint statement revealing that Helene Weinstein and Charles Barron are the two state-lawmakers from Brooklyn, New York who have been tested positive for COVID – 19. This statement tells that both the affected democrats were out of the capital since early March due to separate reasons.

The joint statement also highlights some actions decided by the assembly for confirming the safety of other assembly members.

  • The Capitol will be closed for visitors from Sunday.
  • The Legislative and Capitol Office building will be intensively cleaned.
  • All the legislators and staff members who came in contact with the diagnosed members will be tested for coronavirus.

As per Daily News, NY, Weinstein, 67, has self-quarantined herself soon after she started feeling ill. Though not hospitalized, she has been ensuring the safety of her family, colleagues, and the community through isolation. She stated about continuing her work on legislative matters from home and showed disappointment towards her absence from the assembly during the crucial processing of budget agreement.

Daily News has also reported about the hospitalization of Barron, 69. A healthy recovery of him has been informed by Rodneyse Bichotte, an assemblywoman, who recently visited Barron.

New York has been witnessing a rapid spread of coronavirus with 613 confirmed cases across the state. Cuomo has asserted that 269 out of these cases belong to New York City alone. 

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