NEW YORK –  “Council Member Ritchie Torres alerted the Council today that he tested positive for COVID-19. He will be quarantined for the next several weeks. His staff is also quarantined.  

“As soon as we found out, we held a conference call with members so they could be informed and alert their staffs.  

“The Council is also working to find people who have been in contact with Council Member Torres to alert them to his condition in order for them to self-isolate if necessary. 

“The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has been alerted and will conduct extra cleaning measures in City Hall. They have been conducting extra cleaning all week, and this new cleaning will be on top of that. Council Member Torres was last at City Hall on March 10. The Council’s City Hall and 250 Broadway offices have been closed since Monday.  

“Everyone at the Council is praying for Ritchie’s speedy recovery. He is a great friend and colleague. I know he is anxious to get well and continue serving the people in the Bronx who elected him.”