Assemblywoman McKnight tests positive for COVID-19 after daughter contracts virus

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Jersey City Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31) has tested positive for COVID-19 after her daughter contracted the virus, indicating that she is now recovering and self-quarantining at home.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Early Monday morning, my daughter Ana’jah was not feeling well to the point where we made the decision to take her to the hospital. Later that day, we learned she was positive for COVID-19,” McKnight said in a statement minutes ago.

“My family and I were all tested, and today, I was informed that I too have tested positive for COVID-19. I am currently quarantining at home as I have symptoms and need to rest. I have begun the contact tracing process to notify everyone who I have come into contact with.”

She continued that her family has regularly worn masks in public and practiced social distancing when necessary and taken other precautions necessary to prevent spreading the virus further.

“The reality is the number of cases in our state are drastically rising and we have to do all we can to stop the spread. My family and I will continue to quarantine for 14 days per the CDC guidelines,” McKnight added.

“PLEASE remember to continue to take the necessary precautions as we are still in the midst of this pandemic. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for my family and I, and I ask that you continue to keep us in your thoughts as we fight this.”

She marks the second member of the Hudson County state delegation to test positive, with Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-32) testing positive back in late March.

Today, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced 3,877 “devastating” new coronavirus cases statewide, though noted that a computer glitch may have caused a delay in reporting the totals for Monday – where the number of new cases was disclosed as 2,075.

Overall, Hudson County has tallied 25,393 positive cases and 1,381 related deaths, both the third most in the state by county, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.