Assemblyman Brian Miller is the fourth state Assemblymember who has tested positive for COVID-19. The Utica based politician is the first assembly person to test positive from upstate New York
“I have been informed today that Assemblyman Brian Miller has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. He is currently hospitalized at St. Luke’s Hospital in Utica,” announced Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay.
*Assemblyman Miller participated in legislative session proceedings on March 18, but remained in Albany on March 19. He was tested for COVID-19 on March 20, and self-quarantined in his home immediately afterward,” he continued.
” I encourage anyone who may have had contact with or been in close proximity to Brian to take necessary steps to self-isolate and limit any contact with others who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19. It would also be prudent to seek advice from a medical professional, who may offer additional guidance to help contain any potential spread,” Barclay concluded.
The state Legislature hasn’t been in session for most of March, which is typically a busy time for lawmakers. March is usually when the governor and legislative leaders are negotiating a budget agreement and the Assembly and Senate vote on budget bills.
But the state Capitol has been quiet because of the coronavirus outbreak. New York has been the hardest-hit state. The state has 44,635 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 519 people have died after contracting the virus.