Indian-American running for Congressional seat tested positive for COVID-19

An Indian-American, who is running in the Democratic primary for a Congressional seat in New York's 12th District, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Suraj Patel, a former Barack Obama campaign staffer, tested positive for COVID-19 and has recovered. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@surajpatelnyc
Suraj Patel, a former Barack Obama campaign staffer, tested positive for COVID-19 and has recovered. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@surajpatelnyc

Suraj Patel, a former Barack Obama campaign staffer, posted a statement on social media on Monday, confirming his positive diagnosis. 

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," he said. 

"My housemates and I all tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in self-quarantine since then and have recovered," he added.

Patel, who served on Obama for America's advance team ahead of the 2008 November election, said his elder brother, an emergency room doctor, administered the COVID-19 test at their home.

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