NEW YORK — Public Advocate and Democratic candidate for governor Jumaane Williams said Thursday night that he tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19, along with thousands of other New Yorkers as the next wave of the virus rises in our city and state,” Williams said on Twitter.
Williams, who is fully vaccinated and got his COVID-19 vaccine booster dose, said he had mild symptoms and was quarantining at home. It's not clear if he tested positive for the omicron variant quickly spreading throughout the city.
Williams, who has espoused aggressive measures to combat the pandemic, went on to call for expanding COVID-19 testing sites, providing New Yorkers more home testing kits, and for the state to implement more stringent preventative measures to combat the latest surge in COVID-19 cases sweeping across the New York. The city on Thursday announced a series of measures to expand testing and mask availability.