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State Sen. James Seward tests positive for COVID-19; District covers Schoharie County

State Sen. James Seward tests positive for COVID-19; District covers Schoharie County

His wife also tested positive, Seward's office says
State Sen. James Seward tests positive for COVID-19; District covers Schoharie County
State Sen. James L. Seward, R-Oneonta
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ONEONTA - State Sen. James Seward, whose district covers all of Schoharie County, has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said Monday.

Seward's wife Cindy Seward also tested positive, his office said.

Seward's office described both James and Cindy Seward's cases as mild. James Seward was diagnosed at Albany Medical Center, "where he continues to receive treatment," the statement issued at 1 p.m. reads.

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He is "expected to make a full and complete recovery," the statement reads.

He is to be released from the hospital shortly and will remain under quarantine at home.

His wife was diagnosed at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown and is quarantined at home, the statement reads.

"Senator Seward urges everyone to follow the CDC guidelines and to check the New York State Department of Health website for updates," the statement reads.

Seward, R-Oneonta, has served in the state Senate for 33 years and announced in January that he would not seek re-election. 

He announced in 2016 that he was being treated for bladder cancer, which recently recurred as of January. He said then that was a factor in his decision to retire.

In addition to all of Schoharie County, Seward's district includes all of Otsego and Cortland counties, along with parts of Herkimer and five other counties.

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