Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres confirmed Tuesday he’s tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first member of the council to declare he’s come down with the illness.
“Last night, I found out that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Torres said on Twitter.
“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.”
The 31-year-old Democrat, who is running for Congress, said he will “be under quarantine” in his 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,” he added.
“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.”