Andrew Yang, NYC mayoral candidate, tests positive for COVID-19: 'I am experiencing mild symptoms'

New York City Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang speaks at a press conference on January 14, 2021 in New York City.
New York City Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang speaks at a press conference on January 14, 2021 in New York City. Photo credit Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang has tested positive for coronavirus, the Democrat's campaign announced Tuesday morning.

"After testing negative as recently as this weekend, today I took a COVID rapid test and received a positive result," Yang said in a statement. "I am experiencing mild symptoms, but am otherwise feeling well and in good spirits. I will quarantine in accordance with public health guidelines and follow the advice of my doctor."

Yang added, "During this time, I will continue to attend as many virtual events as possible, in addition to working with our incredible campaign team to continue our mission of getting New York City back on its feet. When the time is right, I look forward to once again hitting the campaign trail and advancing a positive vision for our city’s future.”

"Our team has begun the contact tracing process to notify anyone who may have been in close contact with me," continued. "Our safety protocols require staffers who participate in in-person campaign activities get tested on a weekly basis. As always, I urge everyone to stay safe, wear a mask, and stay up to date with all the latest public health and COVID-related news at CDC.gov."

Yang announced on Jan. 19 that he would quarantine at the time after a campaign staffer tested positive for coronavirus. It is unclear if his quarantine period then is related to his current diagnosis.