Latimer tests negative, postpones State of the County after legislator contracts COVID-19
The State of the
County address in Westchester was abruptly canceled Thursday after Legislator David
Tubiolo tested positive for COVID-19.
News 12 spoke
with the legislator, who says he lost his sense of smell on Saturday and
immediately got a nasal coronavirus test and a rapid nasal test on Sunday.
The rapid test
came back negative. Tubiolo says he found out he tested positive for the other
test Wednesday morning.
Officials say the legislators did have in-person meetings within the last two weeks. However, the majority of the board attended them remotely.
Officials say Tubiolo's last day at the Board of Legislators office was Thursday, Oct. 1. On that day, they held an Italian flag raising ceremony outside the county office.
Video of the event shows about 20 people were there, most with masks on until they went up to the podium to speak.
News 12 has confirmed that Westchester County Executive George Latimer tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday evening.
Westchester District Attorney Anthony Scarpino and Sen. Shelley Mayer attended the flag-raising ceremony. Scarpino tested negative, and Mayer is waiting for her results.
Sen. Pete Harckham, who attended an event Tuesday with several county legislators, received a rapid test and is also awaiting results.
Officials say they are not ready to release which of the 15 other county legislators have tested negative.
"I can't say where I received it and the best thing is what we're doing which is self-quarantining, self-isolating and calling everyone up,” Tubiolo told News 12. “…I just don't want anyone else to get sick. That's my biggest fear."
Tubiolo says he believes he only had physical contact with one of the 15 members and limited contact with Latimer.
If any of Tubiolo’s primary contacts test positive, the county Health Department will start contacting people they’ve been in close contact with.