The U.S. Supreme Court postponed oral arguments back on March 23rd and has been working remotely amid the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.
The justices have been participating in their regular conferences on ongoing cases, albeit by phone call, rather than meeting in person as a group.
While almost all of the justices are practicing social distancing, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is refusing to let the coronavirus stop her from her daily workouts.
Ginsburg, the oldest serving justice on the Supreme Court, has been working out with her trainer daily even though most public gyms across the country have been closed amid concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Everybody’s been shut down. The only reason why I didn’t shut the justice down is because, hey, she ain’t having it,” her trainer told Law360 in a report published Tuesday. “She has that grandfather status to me and if she wants to train, that’s the least that I can do.”
“She doesn’t make excuses not to do it, so we find ways to do it,” he added.
Ginsburg is still using the private Supreme Court gym, which is there for the Justices’ use only.
While she’s not sharing equipment with countless others, it is still concerning that she is refusing to stay home and away from the public given her numerous health scares in recent years.
Coronavirus is reportedly most deadly to older adults and those with serious chronic medical conditions.
This places many of the Supreme Court justices at risk for contracting the virus given six of the nine justices are at least 65-years-old.
Ginsburg is 87-years-old would presumably be at high risk. Not just because of her age but also given the operation she underwent to address early-stage lung cancer in December.
Last summer, Ginsburg completed three weeks of radiation therapy at a New York City hospital to treat a malignant tumor on her pancreas.
An abnormality was detected in early July during a routine blood test, and a subsequent biopsy revealed the tumor.
The 86-year-old liberal liberal icon began radiation treatments on Aug. 5 and received treatment as an outpatient.
In December 2018, the 85-year-old Justice had surgery to remove two cancerous growths from her left lung, forcing her to miss almost a month of oral arguments on the Supreme Court.
Beyond that, the Supreme Court has already handed down several major rulings this month.
The Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration can enforce the “remain in Mexico” policy.
Before that, the High Court ruled 5-4 in favor of tossing a lawsuit filed against a Texas border agent for shooting and killing a Mexican teenager.
In the other immigration case, the Court ruled 5-4 in favor of allowing the Trump administration to enforce its “public charge” immigration rule, which allows them to deny green cards to immigrants who would be dependent on government welfare for extended periods.