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Lawyer with early diagnosis of COVID-19 is recovering; another dies from complications

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A New York lawyer who was one of the first people in New York diagnosed with the novel coronavirus is recovering.

Lawrence Garbuz, 50, is “awake and alert and seems to be on the road to full recovery,” according to a Facebook post by his wife, Adina Lewis Garbuz.

Syracuse.com, Law360, the New York Daily News and CNN have stories.

The couple work together as partners in the Manhattan trusts and estates law firm Lewis and Garbuz. He lives in Westchester County, which has been hard hit by the virus. A containment zone was implemented around his synagogue.

Adina Lewis Garbuz says her hospitalized husband is now aware of his diagnosis and how much the world has changed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Realizing now that it is widespread, he is trying to comprehend a world where no one goes out, no social gatherings, no religious services, no Purim!” she wrote.

A second law firm partner in Manhattan has died from complications related to COVID-19, report Law.com and Law360.

The lawyer, 57-year-old Richard Weber Jr., was a partner at Gallo Vitucci Klar and a board member of the LGBT Bar Association of New York. His practice focused on insurance defense.

The bar association’s executive director, Eric Lesh, told Law.com that Weber “was just a wonderful human being with a real dedication to giving back to others.”

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