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Two NY State Assembly members test positive for COVID-19

Two NY State Assembly members test positive for COVID-19
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Two members of the New York State Assembly tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Saturday evening. 

Helene Weinstein (D) and Charles Barron (D), both Brooklyn-based lawmakers who have contracted the virus, have been in their districts since early March, the governor noted. The two have not been up to Albany in that time, according to a recent statement obtained by The Hill.  

"We have spoken with the Senate and are undertaking an intensive cleaning of the Capital and the Legislative Office Building. All legislators and staff that have come in contact with these members will be tested to ensure the safety of everyone,” Cuomo in the statement.

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The governor added that “out of an abundance of caution,” the state capitol will be closed starting Sunday.

"We are working hand in glove to contain and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in New York, but we will continue to act aggressively to protect the public health,” Cuomo added. 

This week, Cuomo declared a state of emergency in the Empire State, and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters NYC progressives anxiously watch Maya Wiley's ascent The Memo: New York City mayoral race is harbinger for politics of crime MORE has done the same for the largest city in the nation. 

There are currently 525 confirmed cases of the virus in the state and two deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering.