Andrew Yang, a leading New York mayoral candidate who has pursued an extensive in-person campaigning schedule amid the pandemic, announced on Tuesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
“After testing negative as recently as this weekend, today I took a Covid rapid test and received a positive result,” Mr. Yang said in a statement. “I am experiencing mild symptoms, but am otherwise feeling well and in good spirits. I will quarantine in accordance with public health guidelines and follow the advice of my doctor.”
Perhaps more than any other candidate, Mr. Yang has sought to forge an in-person campaign trail, holding multiple events outdoors since announcing his candidacy last month.
His approach has generated enthusiasm on the ground and attention in the news media, but even before Mr. Yang tested positive, the risks were clear: A staff member tested positive less than a week after he announced for mayor, forcing the candidate to quarantine.
“During this time, I will continue to attend as many virtual events as possible, in addition to working with our incredible campaign team to continue our mission of getting New York City back on its feet,” Mr. Yang said in the statement. “When the time is right, I look forward to once again hitting the campaign trail and advancing a positive vision for our city’s future.”
His campaign has begun the contract-tracing process, he said.
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