Councilmember Ritchie Torres has confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
His full statement follows:
“Last night, I found out that I had tested positive for COVID-19. Over the weekend, I learned that a senior staff member had tested positive after experiencing symptoms for several days. All members of my staff have quarantined themselves and are now closely monitoring their health for symptoms.
I will be under quarantine in my Bronx apartment for the next few weeks to avoid spreading the virus to others, especially to seniors like my mother who suffers from chronic health conditions. I’ll be working from home and resting as much as possible.
Social distancing, and isolating yourself, especially if you’re experiencing symptoms or have been in contact with someone carrying the virus, may be painful, but it’s absolutely essential. It’s about saving lives and protecting loved ones. We must all take it seriously.”
In response, Speaker Corey Johnson said that a conference call with all Councilmembers was held and that the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) had been alerted and that it would conduct additional cleaning measures at City Hall.