Seward off ventilator, 'recovering well'


Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, was moved out of the intensive care unit Tuesday, April 7, and is recovering from coronavirus, according to his chief of staff, Duncan Davie.

Seward was removed from a ventilator Saturday night, April 4, and spoke with his wife, Cindy, who was also diagnosed with COVID-19 and is “recovering well” at the couple’s Milford home, Davie said. 

"He continues to recover from COVID-19 at Albany Medical Center, under the care of his physician and will convalesce at home as soon as it is deemed appropriate to do so," Davie said in a media release Wednesday, April 8. 

Seward, who announced in November he is battling bladder cancer for a second time, was placed in a medically induced coma early Thursday, April 2, at Albany Medical Center, where he has been receiving treatment for COVID-19 since last week.

“Cindy Seward and her family express their profound gratitude to the medical team that has attended Sen. Seward during his illness," Davie said. "Cindy is particularly appreciative of the loving care lavished on the COVID-19 patients at Albany Med. They are deeply grateful to both friends and strangers who have prayed intensely for Sen. Seward’s recovery, and give praise and thanks to God for his Providential care. Many, many constituents of the senator’s, colleagues, acquaintances and others have expressed love, support and prayers during the past two weeks, and Cindy and the family are very thankful. The letters, e-mails, calls to the office and expressions mean so much because the family has been unable, due to Cindy’s COVID-19 status, to be together."

The Sewards are among 33 Otsego County residents to test positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday, April 7, according to county data.

Morris resident Brenda Utter, 63, passed away from complications of the virus Thursday, March 26.

“Having been through this double-whammy with COVID, Cindy asks for prayers for all COVID-19 patients and their caregivers. She urges everyone to take it seriously – to use all recommended precautions, and to help our neighbors," Davie said.

Assemblyman Brian Miller, who represents the eastern part of Otsego County, also remains hospitalized after catching the virus, according to a media release Tuesday, April 7, from Assembly Minority Leader William Barclay. Miller is at St. Luke's Hospital in Utica. 

"Like thousands of New Yorkers who have been impacted by the virus, this has been an extremely emotional and challenging ordeal for Brian’s family. The entire Assembly Minority Conference is keeping Brian in our hearts and we continue to pray for his full recovery. I ask that people respect the privacy of the Miller family during this difficult time," Barclay said in the media release. 

Staff Writer Greg Klein contributed to this report. 

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at or 607-441-7213. Follow her @DS_SarahE on Twitter.

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