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COVID-19 Tests Are: Free, Safe, Easy, Available at over 100 locations
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    Don’t have any COVID-19 Symptoms? Doesn’t Matter! You should STILL get a free, confidential, safe COVID-19 test today! Visit
New York City Missing Persons Day poster
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    OCME will host the New York City Missing Persons Day on Saturday, May 4. All families and friends of missing persons are welcome to attend.
Forensic Pathology Fellows
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    Graduates of the specialized training program join the ranks of medical examiners serving on the frontlines of public health and criminal justice.
Dr. Barbara Sampson
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    New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson has been appointed as a Trustee of the American Board of Pathology, which guides and supports the work of certified pathologists, including medical examiners, practicing in the United States.
Lydia de Castro
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    Lydia de Castro, a veteran OCME forensic scientist with experience in mass disaster DNA identifications and sexual assault investigations, has been appointed to the New York State Commission on Forensic Science.

Office of Chief Medical Examiner

The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) conducts independent investigations using advanced forensic science in the service of families, communities and the criminal justice system. Our work provides answers for those affected by sudden and traumatic loss, and helps protect public health.

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