In a March 17 Tweet, Torres wrote “Last night, I found out that I had tested positive for #COVID19. 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.
Current Council Speaker Corey Johnson released a statement shortly after news of Torres’ status, saying “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.”
This story was updated on March 19.