Andrew Yang, the former Democratic presidential candidate and current mayoral candidate of New York City, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement on Tuesday.
Yang said that he has mild symptoms and will move his campaign to virtual events.
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“After testing negative as recently as this weekend, today I took a Covid rapid test and received a positive result,” Yang added. “I am experiencing mild symptoms, but am otherwise feeling well and in good spirits. I will quarantine in accordance with public health guidelines and follow the advice of my doctor.”
Yang announced he would go into quarantine after possibly being exposed to COVID-19 from a campaign staffer two weeks ago, CNN reported.
The entrepreneur entered the mayoral race in January. He has lived in New York for about 25 years and promised to “revive” a city severely hit by the coronavirus using “bold ideas and a fresh approach.”
“During this time, I will continue to attend as many virtual events as possible, in addition to working with our incredible campaign team to continue our mission of getting New York City back on its feet,” Yang said in the statement. “When the time is right, I look forward to once again hitting the campaign trail and advancing a positive vision for our city’s future.”
Yang added that his campaign has started the contact-tracing process.
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