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Barclay, Assembly minority leader, tests positive for COVID-19

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Assemblyman Will Barclay (R-Pulaski).

On Monday, Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay announced he tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement, Barclay said he took a COVID test as a precautionary measure and felt it was important to inform his colleagues and the community.

In recent days, he said, he has had little to no activity outside of his home, but did return from a trip to Albany, early last week. He said he takes social distancing and coronavirus prevention very seriously, and encourages others to do so.

“I’m optimistic for a quick turnaround in the near future,” Barclay said.

Last week, Barclay, a Republican, had a decisive win for reelection against Democratic challenger Gail Tosh, winning more than 70% of the vote.

Barclay was first elected to the Assembly in 2002. He represents the 120th Assembly District, which covers most of Oswego County and parts of Jefferson and Onondaga counties. His district covers the Town of Lysander, which was designated a yellow zone by New York state, and faces new restrictions, because of a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Tom Magnarelli is a reporter covering the central New York and Syracuse area. He joined WRVO as a freelance reporter in 2012 while a student at Syracuse University and was hired full time in 2015. He has reported extensively on politics, education, arts and culture and other issues around central New York.