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Chief judge responds to surge in COVID-19 cases in New York court system

On Monday, January 31, New York’s chief judge said the state’s court system is recovering from a recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

“The number of judges and court staff testing positive for COVID-19 has dropped dramatically, consistent with the metrics showing a significant decline in the number of COVID infections across the state,” said Chief Judge Janet DiFiore in her latest address, according to Albany Times-Union.


On Friday, January 28, positive tests were reported in Schenectady and Glen Falls offices. On Sunday, January 30, a Court of Appeals employee in Albany tested positive for the virus. Positive COVID-19 tests were also reported in Buffalo, Penn Yan, Auburn, Geneseo, Utica, and Cooperstown courthouses, among other locations across the state.



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