BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Two representatives on the New York State Assembly, Helene Weinstein and Charles Barron, have tested positive for COVID-19.
A statement from Assembly speaker Carl Heastie and Governor Andrew Cuomo in part said, "It is important to note that both members have not been in Albany since early March for separate reasons. All legislators and staff that have come in contact with these members will be tested to ensure the safety of everyone."
It has come to my attention that two of our Assembly colleagues – Helene Weinstein and Charles Barron - have been diagnosed with COVID-19. It is important to note that both members have not been in Albany since early March for separate reasons.— Carl E. Heastie (@CarlHeastie) March 15, 2020
An intensive cleaning of the Capital and Legislative Office building will take place and the Capital will be closed to visitors effective Sunday.
"We are working hand in glove to contain and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in New York," the statement read. "But we will continue to act aggressively to protect the public health."