Quinn Atty Has COVID-19 As NYC Staff Prepares To Stay Home

By Martin Bricketto
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Law360 (March 8, 2020, 7:23 PM EDT) -- A Quinn Emanuel partner based in the firm's New York City office has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the firm said Sunday, adding that it will have personnel at the office work from home for the next week.

In a statement, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP said it received results over the weekend showing the male partner had tested positive for COVID-19. His symptoms are minor and he is resting at home, according to the firm.

The partner has been home since March 2 "because of reported infections in his religious community in Westchester County," the firm said.

"Our No. 1 concern is for the health and well-being of all staff," the firm said. "With that in mind, we are taking several steps, including implementing a work-from-home period for the New York office that will run from March 9 through March 13. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the staff updated."

A Quinn spokesman declined further comment.

Quinn's New York office, at 51 Madison Avenue, is among 23 locations for the firm across the globe. The firm has more than 800 lawyers.

Westchester County includes New Rochelle and the home of the Lewis & Garbuz PC attorney whom officials announced last week had been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

As of Sunday morning, there were 82 positive cases of the novel coronavirus in the county, among 105 in New York state overall. The state has identified 12 cases in New York City.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a press conference Sunday described Westchester County as "a particular problem."

"That is a warning flag for us," Cuomo said. "What happened in Westchester County is a person who was positive was in a very large gathering, and people then got infected, and then they went to very large gatherings."

"An infected person in a large gathering can infect many people quickly, that's what we're seeing in Westchester," Cuomo added.

Nationally, cases of COVID-19 have continued to climb. According to a tally maintained by Johns Hopkins University, there have been at least 109,835 cases of the coronavirus worldwide, including 537 in the U.S. There have been 3,803 deaths caused by the disease, according to the university.

--Editing by Haylee Pearl.

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