U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Rhinebeck Democrat, who represents the state’s 19th Congressional District, announced he tested positive for the coronavirus in a statement posted Wednesday morning on Twitter. He received his positive COVID diagnosis Tuesday.
“Yesterday, I tested positive for COVID-19 and am currently experiencing mild symptoms,” Delgado said in a prepared statement. “I’m grateful for the protection of a safe and effective vaccine and booster and encourage all who are able to get both. I’m sending love and a special thanks to all of our frontline health care workers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe.”
Delgado received his third Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot Oct. 21, making his coronavirus positivity a breakthrough infection. He received the first dose of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine Dec. 18, 2020, and the second required dose Jan. 8.
“The congressman is experiencing mild symptoms and is following guidance from the CDC,” a spokesperson with Congressman Delgado’s office said in a statement Wednesday.
Representatives with Delgado’s office would not answer questions about what symptoms the congressman has, how long he must quarantine or which of his public events will be canceled or postponed while he recovers.
Delgado’s COVID-infection comes as new coronavirus cases soar in the state’s 10 regions, increasing to about 116 cases per 100,000 residents statewide or 7.88% positive over a seven-day average Tuesday.
Cases continue to sharply increase to 81 cases per 100,000 people in the Mid-Hudson Valley on Monday, up from about 69 cases per 100,000 residents Saturday.
New COVID-19 infections have steadily increased from about 60 cases per 100,000 residents in the Capital Region over the weekend to about 64 cases per 100,000 residents in the region Monday.
The congressman has not reported testing positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March 2020.
The state’s 19th Congressional District encompasses Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties and parts of Broome, Dutchess, Montgomery and Rensselaer counties.