Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang went public on Tuesday with the knowledge that he tested positive for COVID-19, but fans of the former presidential hopeful need not worry as his symptoms are reportedly mild.
Yang plans to continue his run for mayor virtually for the time being while his campaign is conducting its own contact tracing operation to notify all who may have been infected while the entrepreneur was pounding the pavement for votes across the city recently, he said in a statement.
“After testing negative as recently as this weekend, today I took a COVID rapid test and received a positive result. 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,” Yang said. “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. 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.”
Yang’s campaign says it requires all workers to get tested at least once a week if doing business in-person.
As one of the latest entries into the race for mayor in 2021, Yang faces a crowded field of competitors that include Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, city Comptroller Scott Stringer, former DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, former Obama administration HUD secretary Shaun Donovan, former CCRB Chair Maya Wiley and Councilman Carlos Menchaca.