Queens Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer tests positive for COVID-19

Jimmy Van Bramer
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer attends Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's ribbon cutting opening ceremony at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on Dec. 12, 2014 in New York City. Photo credit Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Queens Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, but is currently asymptomatic, he said Wednesday.

The lawmaker, whose district includes Astoria and Long Island City, received a positive PCR test result for the virus Tuesday night, he wrote on Twitter.

“After a year of taking extreme caution, in part because I help care for my 81-year-old mother, part of me can’t believe this happened,” he wrote. “Right now, I am asymptomatic.”

Van Bramer, who is running for Queens Borough President, has been “out in public quite a bit” to petition recently, but was “wearing two masks and taking every precaution,” he noted.

“I still urge anyone with whom I’ve come into close contact over the last few days to get tested,” he said. “This is a reminder to all of us that we are not out of the woods yet.”

“I would have taken the vaccine had I been eligible,” he added. “I hope everyone who does get the chance to be vaccinated, does so. For all of us.”