WNY assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez tests positive for COVID-19

Jimenez is recovering at home in self-quarantine

Jimenez looks forward to getting back to work.
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Jimenez looks forward to getting back to work.

Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez has tested positive for COVID-19. Jimenez represents the 32nd Legislative District encompassing North Bergen, West New York, Secaucus, and Guttenberg, as well as Edgewater, Fairview, Harrison, Kearny, and East Newark.

Jimenez, a West New York native, tested positive at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck on Sunday, March 29. She has since entered into self-quarantine to prevent the further spread of the virus in the community.

Symptoms persisted throughout the day on Saturday, as Jimenez began to experience a pounding headache and body aches.

“I suspected I might be sick with COVID-19, so I contacted my doctor who told me to get tested,” Jimenez said. “I just received confirmation late this afternoon that I have the virus.”

Jimenez said she is currently resting and recovering at home. She noted her relief that the virus had not spread to her immediate family.

“Thankfully, my daughter Gianna is healthy and showing no symptoms,” Jimenez said. “She is a resilient eighth grader and the light of my life.”

Grateful for those who put their lives on the line

Jimenez remains optimistic, despite her diagnosis.

“Although I’m still experiencing symptoms such as chest tightness, I remain in good spirits,” Jimenez continued. “It’s tough to keep a mom down.”

Jimenez thanked those working on the front lines of the pandemic, recognizing the medical professionals and first responders, including law enforcement, who are putting their health on the line every day to keep communities safe. Jimenez also thanked the people who have shown their support for her and her family during this time.

Jimenez reiterated the need to follow Gov. Murphy’s directives to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

“It’s important for everyone to make sure they stay at home and keep their distance from other people whenever they have to go out,” Jimenez said. “Each of us must do our part to help keep our neighbors safe from this serious illness.”

Jimenez is looking forward to working on behalf of the people of New Jersey as soon as she has recovered.

Jimenez is the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly as well as the Vice-Chair of the Regulated Professions Committee.

Prior to her diagnosis, Jimenez was working with her colleagues in the Assembly to help Hudson County and New Jersey combat the pandemic, including cosponsoring a bill allowing EMTs certified in other states to work in New Jersey, as well as a bill that would give county clerks an additional week to mail ballots for the primary election.

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