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Two NYS Assembly representatives test positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 9:38 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 22:04:28-04

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."

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."