Obama’s former Indian American campaign staffer tests COVID positive

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Suraj Patel, the former campaign staffer for former US President Barack Obama, on Monday posted a statement of social media and on his blog disclosing that he had been tested positive for coronavirus.

Patel is currently running in the Democratic primary to replace Carolyn Maloney for the Congressional seat in New York’s 12th District.

In his statement, Patel said that about 10 days ago, he began experiencing a tightness in his chest and difficulty breathing followed by a regular fever of 102 degrees.

“I live with two doctors whose ability to return to work was dependent on our household remaining  COVID-free. Therefore, we had to test to verify our condition so they would not miss work. My housemates and I all tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in self-quarantine since then and have recovered,” he said.

Patel, added that his elder brother, an emergency room doctor, administered the COVID-19 test at their home. He added that he was declaring this in the interest of transparency and accountability. He added that he has now been cured of the disease.

“In the interest of transparency and accountability, I am announcing that I tested positive for COVID-19. I personally, am happy to say that I am now fully recovered and have been asymptomatic for more days than hospital guidelines require to go back to work,” Patel said.

Patel’s bid for Congress is his second in as many election cycles.

Earlier, he had tried to unseat Maloney in the Democratic primary but fell 59.6 percent to 40.4 percent.


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