A woman who recently traveled to Iran became the first person in New York State to be carrying the new Coronavirus.
The news was broken by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“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 thirties, 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.
Two other cases of possible Coronavirus are presently being tested in New York City, according to Health officials.
In a press release, Cuomo touted New York’s ability to test for the virus locally.
“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.”