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New York Lawyers Infected the Coronavirus and Infected 8 Others

A lawyer infected his wife and 2 children as well as his neighbor took him to the hospital. A friend of his as well as his wife and 3 children also tested positive.

First, a lawyer going back and forth between the suburbs and his Manhattan office was diagnosed with coronavirus. After that, his wife and two children were positive, as did a neighbor who took him to the hospital.

By the afternoon of 4/3, another friend, his wife and three of their children were also infected.

Within 48 hours, a family’s medical crisis began to move beyond their home in Westchester County, New York, causing Jewish schools and synagogues to close, as well as spark. anxiety in one of the most populous areas in the United States .

New York Lawyers Infected the Coronavirus and Infected 8 Others
Lawrence New York Hospital – Presbyterian, where patients in Westchester County treat. 

Widespread anxiety

While Governor Andrew M. Cuomo urged residents to calm down, news of the latest victims of the virus spread throughout the orthodox Jewish communities living close to New Rochelle, where the family said.

News is also a topic in New York City, where Jews often visit a kosher restaurant (Jewish food), attend the same school, attend the same wedding, funeral or bar mitzvah ( adult ceremony for Jewish boys).

“People think it’s Armageddon and they will never leave their home again,” said Josh Berkowitz, owner of a joint Asian and Jewish restaurant in New Rochelle, using the terminology in the New Testament. Wish to refer to any doomsday scenario.

Most of his clients are isolated to see if they develop symptoms due to the virus. His staff delivered the goods, placing food outside without coming in contact with the person behind the door

“I’m just as worried as anyone else,” Mr. Berkowitz said. “We’re always hygienic and clean. We just need to be a little more diligent. Handwash is nowhere to be found. You can’t buy it for miles, even if it is in stock.”

When the number of virus infections reached 11 in New York, officials sought to reassure people that traveling by extensive tram network in the area was safe. Oxiris Barbot, a representative of the city health agency, said there was “no indication” that “casual contact”, such as sharing a train with a sick person, “would increase the risk of cargo. day for New Yorkers “.

New York Lawyers Infected the Coronavirus and Infected 8 Others
Officials have sought to reassure people that traveling by extensive tram network in New York is safe.

New York State University (SUNY) and New York City University (CUNY) halted overseas study programs in China , Iran , Italy, Japan and South Korea on March 4 due to concerns about virus. About 300 students, as well as staff, were asked to return from those countries for isolation for 14 days at “dorm-like centers in SUNY facilities,” Governor Cuomo said.

“We have an epidemic caused by the coronavirus, but we also have an epidemic of fear,” said Cuomo. “The more you test, the more positive cases.”

“New York has terrible resistance”

Mitchell Moss, 71, a professor at New York University who lives in the city center, said he recently bought 100 Kleenex packages for fear of viruses and wiped out “all the devices that my hands touch” as he practiced. Work out at the gym.

“New Yorkers have terrible resistance because we take the subway every day and we are always exposed to germs,” ​​Moss said. “If I had to quarantine, I want to be isolated in Manhattan more than anywhere else in the world.”

In Westchester, about 1,000 people have isolated themselves, according to officials. A lawyer in New Rochelle – a 50-year-old man – is still at NewYork Hospital – Presbyterian in Manhattan. Health officials said his condition did not allow him to answer questions to determine how he infected the virus.

His wife had no symptoms, according to officials, and their two children were well enough to isolate her at home.

The detectives are also monitoring seven employees and an intern at his law firm, located near Central Grand Station. Five of the employees “were tested while we were talking in the city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. A person tested in New Jersey.

The 20 year old son of the lawyer studied at Yeshiva University, Mr. Cuomo said. The male roommate and close friend of the male student are waiting for test results at Bellevue Hospital. The school has terminated students at the Wilf campus in Washington Heights.

New York Lawyers Infected the Coronavirus and Infected 8 Others
Yeshiva University employees started disinfection cleaning on March 4 after a student was positive for the virus. 

Matthew Chan, the manager of a restaurant near the school, said sales were down 50%. “The students are like my family. I pray for them,” Mr. Chan said.

The lawyer’s 14-year-old daughter is a student at SAR Academy and High School, a Jewish school in the Riverdale district of the Bronx district. The academy was closed on 3/3 to prevent infection. Westchester School and Westchester Torah Academy are also temporarily closed as a precaution.

“Will get over this”

Health officials ordered Young Israel of New Rochelle, the synagogue the family frequented, suspended activities. Officials demanded a two-week quarantine for anyone attending the chapel’s funeral on February 22, as well as the bat mitzvah (adult girls’ ceremony) on February 23. About 600 people were affected.

“This is a Jewish community in the old world, because everyone cares so much about the lives of others,” said Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman, a synagogue from a nearby town. “Mutual support and care for each other is sincere. The connection, like an extension of Judaism, is also sincere.”

New York Lawyers Infected the Coronavirus and Infected 8 Others
Church of Young Israel of New Rochelle. 

Sirkman’s church this week sent a letter calling on its 800-member parish to take precautions, including “rubbing the elbows instead of shaking hands, etc. to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.” “.

“If we hold or hold hands or kiss a little less,” the letter said, “that doesn’t mean we don’t care. On the contrary, with sincerity from the heart, that means they are I really care! “

Gillian Steinberg, English teacher at SAR, will be in isolation until March 6, but she will still prepare for classes on March 5.

From her home in Riverdale, she and her son, a sophomore, will wear headphones to study and sit in their own room. The school establishes online classes via Zoom for most of the day, taking a 45-minute lunch break.

“Everyone is doing the best they can. The school is updating us regularly,” she said. “In general I don’t panic. We will get over this.”

She and her husband, who are recovering from the flu, said the doctor told them not to visit because Steinberg works at SAR. She said they were instead diagnosed with the flu by doctors wearing protective gear. Her husband worked remotely.

“I think he hopes to go back to work and avoid chaos,” she said.

Michael Weissman, owner of a restaurant in New Rochelle, said the members of Young Israel were his first customers when he opened in July 2018 and they have been loyal to him ever since.

He provides catering services for the carnival at the synagogue on Sunday for Purim starting on the evening of 2/3. The work did not affect his staff, he said: “Anyway, we always wear gloves. We only need to double the effort.”

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