IRVING – New York State Senator George Borrello is discussing his COVID-19 diagnosis.
The Senator first announced the diagnosis in a statement to the media on Monday afternoon after testing positive on Sunday.
“As an elected official whose schedule often involves public interaction, I have made it a point to get tested for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure,” said Borrello. “Regrettably, following a test on Sunday, I learned that I tested positive for the virus, as did my wife, Kelly.”
He says currently both he, and his wife, are in good health.
“While, thankfully, we both feel well, we are following the recommendations of our doctors and will be self-isolating at home for 10 days,” further Borrello. “As we all know, COVID-19 is a very contagious and serious virus, especially because many carriers are asymptomatic.”
The Senator acknowledges he has attended public events recently, but believes risk of exposure to others is low.
“While I did attend public events in the days before I knew of my status, the risk of any inadvertent transmission to others is very low, as I was masked and followed social-distancing guidelines,” he said. “These are prevention protocols that I have followed and that I urge all New Yorkers to observe, for their own benefit and the safety of others.”
Borrello is the first locally elected official to test positive for the virus.
Viewers can watch the full interview with Borrello in the video above, or, by clicking here.