In a statement released this afternoon, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced that she will be going into a voluntary quarantine period because of potential exposure to COVID-19.

The Mayor recently attended federal COVID-19 relief for states affected by COVID-19 where she was exposed to the potential risk. The convention took place in Syracuse, on Wednesday, October 7th after an attendee tested positive for COVID-19.

The Mayor’s office is reporting that the Mayor’s contact with the person who attended the conference that came of COVID-19 positive was minimal. The Mayor has released this statement on Twitter.

The Mayor is showing no signs of being COVID-19 positive and her medical condition will continue to be monitored during the quarantine period.

This announcement comes after Albany has been hit with a disastrous storm that caused power outages to over 4700 residents and multiple reports of damage throughout the city. The Mayor will continue to work remotely through the quarantine period. Also, other attendees of the convention will also continue to be traced and monitored to contain the spread of the Coronavirus to others.

The Mayor has been on the frontlines of COVID-19 protection. I’ve personally witnessed the mayor walk up to people and remind them of the importance of wearing masks and socially distancing. The voluntary quarantine is a great example of what people should do if they are exposed in any way to anyone that has been exposed to COVID-19. This is a great time to recognize the threat of COVID-19 is very real and can potentially be dangerous when not contained.

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