A worker at the U. S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan has tested positive. Naturalization ceremonies will cease.
A security officer at the U. S. Attorney’s office in Lower Manhattan has tested positive for the coronavirus, a law enforcement official said on Friday.
The officer had worked at the main entrance and lobby of the building, at 1 Saint Andrews Plaza, a short distance from the New York Police Department headquarters.
The building’s entrance and lobby were closed overnight for a thorough cleaning and reopened on Friday morning, the official said.
The office, which is not open to the general public, houses more than 200 federal prosecutors, investigators, paralegals and other staff and its entrance often bustles with activity as prosecutors come and go from the federal courthouse across Pearl Street.
The office handles some of the most prominent federal prosecutions in the country, involving terrorism, sex trafficking and organized crime cases.
Also downtown, the United States courthouse at 500 Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan will end naturalization ceremonies for new citizens until further notice, a spokesman, Edward Friedland, said. The court is holding its final naturalization ceremony Friday, and only each new citizen-candidate may attend.
Reporting was contributed by Jonah Engel Bromwich, Luis Ferré-Sadurní, Michael Gold, Christina Goldbaum, Nicole Hong, Rebecca Liebson, Jeffery C. Mays, Jesse McKinley, Sharon Otterman, Eliza Shapiro, Katie Thomas, Ali Watkins and Benjamin Weiser.