New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin has examined optimistic for COVID-19 — simply days after attending the state Democratic Party’s convention that includes Gov. Kathy Hochul and Hillary Clinton.
“I tested positive for COVID today. Thankfully, I’m vaxxed, boosted, and in good spirits, since I’m only experiencing mild symptoms,” Benjamin said Sunday evening in a tweet.
The lieutenant governor addressed the conference Thursday, posting a video on Twitter of himself taking the stage whereas not carrying a masks.
He and Hochul later held fingers on stage whereas each had been maskless to acknowledge their celebration nominating them to their respective workplaces, a Twitter photo shows.
Afterward, a maskless Benjamin greeted individuals, together with some with hugs, within the foyer of the conference, which was held on the Sheraton New York Instances Sq. Resort in Manhattan.
Roughly half of those that gathered for the two-day Democratic conference masked up.
Roughly half of the a whole lot who gathered for the two-day Democratic conference masked up, whereas the remainder didn’t. The occasion required attendees to be absolutely vaccinated however didn’t mand ate masks. The town advises individuals to put on masks in an indoor public setting no matter their vax standing. The state’s personal mask guidance for vaccinated people
Clinton — a former presidential candidate and US secretary of state, in addition to ex-New York senator — delivered a speech at the event and solely took her masks off to talk, stated New York Democratic Social gathering Chairman Jay Jacobs to The Submit on Monday.
“Everybody was masked around Secretary Clinton when she spoke,” Jacobs famous.
Jacobs added that every one attendees had been required to fill out a well being questionnaire earlier than getting into and to indicate proof of full vaccination. Everybody additionally had their temperature taken on the door.
Benjamin — a former state senator — was announced in September as Gov. Hochul’s No. 2 shortly after she took over for disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo. On Thursday, Benjamin formally gained the unanimous help of New York’s Democratic Social gathering to run for the subsequent full time period.
He added to his COVID-19 Twitter publish Sunday, “Cat and our girls’ tests came back negative—praise God!” — referring to his spouse Cathleen and daughters together with Olivia, who was born in October.
“I’ll be isolating at home as they monitor for symptoms and get tested again in a few days,” the lieutenant governor stated.
The state Democratic Social gathering additionally nominated Hochul for governor.
A rep for Hochul didn’t reply to a request for touch upon Benjamin contracting COVID-19.