New York Law Student In Self-Quarantine After Contact With Coronavirus-Infected Lawyer’s Firm

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Earlier today, we reported that a New York lawyer was the second confirmed case of coronavirus in the state. We can now confirm that one of his children is an undergraduate student at Yeshiva University in New York City and that a student at Cardozo Law has been put into self-quarantine due to contact with the coronavirus patient’s law firm.

At about 2:30 p.m., an alert went out to the Yeshiva University community to let them know that the student in question had not been on campus since Thursday, February 27, and is in quarantine with the rest of his family. The school is working with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response to ensure everyone’s safety.

Cardozo Law Dean Melanie Leslie quickly followed up on that email with a message to the law school community, attempting to keep everyone calm:

I am writing to follow up on the University’s alert regarding the Cardozo student who is in voluntary quarantine. The student has no symptoms of the illness and has been assessed by the New York City Department of Health, which has told the student that they are likely not in any danger and do not need to be quarantined. In an abundance of caution, the student decided to remain in their home for the time being.

Nonetheless, we are in the process of disinfecting the building. We will also begin recording classes.

“I want to assure you that we are vigilantly monitoring the situation, and that the University is working very closely with the state and local health officials,” Dean Leslie said. “Please remember that most cases of the Corona virus are not life-threatening.”

We will be closely following these latest developments. What is your law school or law firm doing to protect students and employees from coronavirus? Please text us (646-820-8477) or email us (subject line: “Coronavirus Response”). Stay safe, everyone.

(Flip to the next page to see Dean Leslie’s message in full.)

Earlier: This Lawyer Has New York’s Second Confirmed Case Of Coronavirus

Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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