A Queens Supreme Court justice tested positive for COVID-19 this week, New York state court system officials announced Thursday.

Justice Margaret Parisi-McGowan last sat in Part 52 of the Queens County Supreme Courthouse on Friday, and the courtroom and other areas have been disinfected, court officials said.

She is believed to be the first New York state judge to test positive for the illness associated with the novel coronavirus. Her symptoms are reported to be mild, state court system spokesman Lucian Chalfen said Thursday.

Officials are working to tell anyone who might have come in contact with Parisi-McGowan that they should contact medical personnel, according to Chalfen.

Parisi-McGowan handles matrimonial cases, including some custody matters, according to her court calendar.

While the Queens County Supreme Courthouse is still open, courts across the state moved to an essential-functions-only mode at 5 p.m. Monday. Civil supreme court parts such as Parisi-McGowan’s are handling essential applications on a case-by-case basis, according to court officials.


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