Cuomo confirms first novel coronavirus case in New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York's first case of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed.

Posted: Mar 1, 2020 10:21 PM
Updated: Mar 10, 2020 12:41 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - New York's governor says the New York City woman who contracted the new coronavirus that has sickened people around the globe is a health care worker who knew to take appropriate precautions.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the woman is isolated in her Manhattan apartment and there is no need for “unnecessary anxiety.” Cuomo's office announced late Sunday that the woman had tested positive for the virus after traveling in Iran.

Cuomo said in a press conference Monday, "We don't believe that she was contagious when she was on the plane." He said the passengers on her flight will be notified, as well as the private car service she used to get home from the airport.

The woman was traveling with her spouse, who will also be tested for the virus.

She is New York's first confirmed case of COVID-19. Cuomo's office said the woman has respiratory symptoms but is not in serious condition.

Cuomo issued this statement regarding novel Coronavirus in New York on Sunday:

"This evening we learned of the first positive case of novel coronavirus — or COVID-19 — in New York State. The patient, a woman in her late 30's, contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran, and is currently isolated in her home. The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving to New York.

"The positive test was confirmed by New York's Wadsworth Lab in Albany, underscoring the importance of the ability for our state to ensure efficient and rapid turnaround, and is exactly why I advocated for the approval from Vice President Pence that New York was granted just yesterday.

"There is no cause for surprise -- this was expected. As I said from the beginning, it was a matter of when, not if there would be a positive case of novel coronavirus in New York.

"Last week I called for the Legislature to pass a $40 million emergency management authorization to confront this evolving situation -- I look forward to its swift passage.

"There is no reason for undue anxiety -- the general risk remains low in New York. We are diligently managing this situation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available."

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