UTICA, N.Y. – Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente has tested positive for COVID-19. He made the announcement via Facebook Live Tuesday afternoon.
Picente will now enter quarantine, as required by the department of health. He said he is "feeling fine" and has no symptoms.
A coronavirus briefing was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, but will instead take place virtually on Wednesday.
Picente said he’s been following all health and safety guidelines, and getting tested regularly.
“I can’t tell you how protected I’ve been, cautious I’ve been…we get tested -- my office, myself, my wife -- have been getting tested," said Picente. All have been tested every two weeks since May.
According to Picente, everyone in his office has tested negative, and haven’t experienced any symptoms. They will all be tested again over the next several days.
“It’s an indication, it’s a lesson – that it can happen. It can happen even to those of us who are the most cautious and the most protective of ourselves, our family and our friends,” said Picente.
Picente will discuss the county’s vaccine plan during Wednesday’s press conference.