Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

While coronaviruses are common throughout the world, scientists have identified seven different types of the virus, from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). This novel coronavirus is called COVID-19, which originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that primarily spreads when coming in contact with the respiratory droplets — coughing, sneezing, saliva or nasal discharge — from an infected person. Most patients with COVID-19 have had links to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread.

However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, suggesting limited person-to-person spread is occurring. Current evidence shows all usual infection control practices are effective in limiting transmission.

To minimize spreading the virus, it is critical to practice good hygiene, washing your hands regularly with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water. Also, make sure to cough or sneeze into your flexed elbow and immediately discard tissues after being used. 

  • Administrative Orders (later orders may modify earlier orders):

2020-04 Regarding the presentation of detainees at court
2020-05 Regarding restrictions on certain person from entering the courthouses
2020-06 addresses jury trials, the Speedy Trial Act, and other issues.
2020-07 addresses naturalization.
2020-08 addresses supplemental restrictions on entry to the Courthouses of the EDNY
2020-09 suspends the requirement for in-person appearances for Attorney Admissions to the Bar of the EDNY
2020-10 suspends Petty Offense proceedings under the exigent circumstances created by COVID-19
2020-11 Supplemental Order Regarding Preliminary Hearings in Criminal Matters and Continuance of Jury Trials and Exclusion of Time Under The Speedy Trial Act
2020-12 Service of Process by the United States Marshal is suspended in certain cases in light of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic

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