Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13) announced on Twitter Thursday, January 14, 2021, that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
The New York Democrat, the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, said he is recovering at home and will continue to work remotely.
“I am following guidance from my physician and quarantining at home after having tested positive for COVID-19,” he said. “I have been administered both shots of the COVID-19 vaccine and have continued to be tested regularly, wear my mask, and follow the recommended guidelines. I will continue my duties representing New York’s 13th congressional district remotely until I have received clearance from my doctor. I encourage all residents to follow public health guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.”
Espaillat’s congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the northwest Bronx.
First elected to Congress in 2016, Espaillat is serving his third term in Congress.