Assemblyman Charles Barron: 'I am going to beat this virus'

AmNews Staff Reports | 3/15/2020, 9:20 a.m.
Brooklyn Assemblyman Charles Barron remains in the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Brooklyn Assemblyman Charles Barron remains in the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The 69-year-old politician spoke with the AmNews on Saturday sounding upbeat and said he's resting and recovering well. His wife, Council Member Inez Barron, said she feels fine and that everybody is doing well.

“Today I have learned that I have been tested positive for COVID-19. Inez and I are in high fighting spirits as usual,” he said in a statement. “We want to thank everyone for all their prayers and expressions of love. I am going to beat this virus just as I have won so many other victories, especially with the love of my life, my wife Inez, cheering me on. We will be coming back stronger than ever, so stay ready for the revolution.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced on Saturday that Barron is one of two state legislators that tested positive for the coronavirus. The other is Brooklyn Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein. Cuomo and Heastie said in a statement that all legislators and staff that have come in contact with Barron and Weinstein will be tested.