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Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres says he tested positive for COVID-19

Posted: 1:51 PM, Mar 17, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-17 17:48:29-04
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NEW YORK — New York City Councilmember Ritchie Torres has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

The Bronx council member announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that he found out he was infected with 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 & are now closely monitoring their health,” he said in a tweet.

Torres said he will be under quarantine at his apartment to avoid spreading the virus and will be working from home.

Torres also set this diagnosis as a reminder to practice social distancing. “It’s about saving lives and protecting loved ones. We must all take it seriously,” he said.

On the PIX11 News at 5 with Kori Chambers and Kaity Tong, Torres said Tuesday he'll be in isolation for 14 days. He called into the show from inside his home.

Over 1,300 people are confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state, Gov. Cuomo said Tuesday afternoon. Of those cases, there are about 664 people infected in New York City.