Government. Kathy Hoshol tests positive for COVID-19

Government. Kathy Hochhol of New York announced Sunday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus — the worst kind of Mother’s Day surprise for the state’s first female governor.

Aides said that Mrs. Hochul was asymptomatic, and that the virus was detected as part of the governor’s testing routine in Albany.

The news forced Ms. Hochul to cancel a trip she had been planning to Washington, D.C. to see her family and her week-old granddaughter.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19,” Hochul wrote in Twitter. “Thank God, I have been vaccinated and strengthened, and I am asymptomatic. I will isolate and work remotely this week.”

Ms. Hochul’s exposure comes as the country grapples with another, more transmissible variant of earlier versions of the virus. Over the past two months, case numbers have risen steadily, although deaths have remained relatively stable.

Weeks ago, officials warned that New York could be on the brink of a new high, even though the spread of home testing has made it difficult to assess the scope of the problem.

The rise in cases comes as coronavirus-related precautions, such as mandates for vaccines and masks, are dwindling across the state.

According to public schedules, Ms. Hochul spent the weekend in Albany, where the risk of infection is high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases in the north of the state have ballooned in recent days, and it’s one of the few such cases in the country.

The governor’s team said she was taking regular precautions regarding masking.

Ms. Hochul isn’t the only public official to have been exposed to the virus recently — in April, New York City’s Eric Adams, a Major, also tested positive.

And in the frantic final days of budget negotiations, several senior members of Ms. Hochul’s inner circle contracted the virus, though the governor managed to remain healthy. This is the first time it has contracted the infection, according to its staff.

This offer comes after a difficult month for the lady. Hoochul.

And in April, its deputy governor at the time, Brian A. Benjamin, charged with federal bribery and resigned. On the same day, a gunman opened fire on a subway car in Brooklyn, stockpiling the concerns of city residents, and complicating officials’ efforts to declare that New York City’s epidemiological trouble was behind it.

The following week, the state appeals court rejected Senate and Congress maps drawn up by Democratic lawmakers in Albany, saying they violated New York’s ban on partisan gerrymandering. The referee caused an uproar in Albany and brought new chaos into the primary season.

Ms. Hochul staff did not provide a list of plans the governor’s quarantine might interrupt at this time, and said they would work remotely. May is a busy month in Albany, as lawmakers draft the latest legislation to pass at this year’s session, which is set to expire on June 2.

After announcing her positive test, the governor repeated a now-familiar message: “Reminder to all New Yorkers: Get vaccinated and boosted, get tested, and stay home if you’re not feeling well,” she said on Twitter.

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