The first confirmed case of coronavirus has been reported in New York state.
A woman in her late 30s who lives in New York City has tested positive for the virus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday, March 1.
“This evening we learned of the first positive case of novel coronavirus — or COVID-19 — in New York state,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The patient, a woman in her late 30s, 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 woman, whose name has not been released, lives in Manhattan and had no symptoms when she arrived from Iran, according to the statement.
She is a health care worker and did not use public transportation, Cuomo said Monday morning.
Confirmation of the infection was made by the state laboratory, based in Albany. The state’s Wadsworth Lab was just recently granted approval to conduct testing for the virus, Cuomo said.
“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 [Michael] Pence that New York was granted just yesterday,” the governor said.
He added that finding coronavirus in New York state was not unexpected.
“There is no cause for surprise — this was expected,” Cuomo said. “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.”
The governor has requested $40 million in funding from the state Legislature to deal with the novel coronavirus, which has spread to countries around the world.
But Cuomo urged New Yorkers not to panic.
“There is no reason for undue anxiety — the general risk remains low in New York,” Cuomo said. “We are diligently managing this situation and will continue to provide information as it becomes available.”