On Sunday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that she had tested positive, amidst a surge in COVID-19 cases in the state recently.
Saying she will remotely isolate herself for a week, Hochul, 63, wrote on Twitter, “Thankfully, I’m vaccinated and boosted, and I’m asymptomatic. A reminder to all New Yorkers: get vaccinated and boosted, get tested, and stay home if you don’t feel well.”
Just a day earlier, she had tweeted a photo from the Olana State Historic Site outside Hudson, New York, which she visited to thank park volunteers.
As it stands, New York City is facing its latest uptick. Last week, the case count crossed the city’s threshold for “medium risk,” indicating the widening spread of the subvariant knowns as BA.2 that has swept the state’s northern reaches. For weeks, much of upstate New York has been in the high-alert orange zone, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designation that reflects serious community spread.
Hochul is the second significant New York Democrat to have tested positive for COVID-19 after Mayor Eric Adams tested positive for COVID-19 on April 10, his 100th day in office.