First case of coronavirus in NY contracted by 39-year-old health care worker

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(WIVB) — Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed the first positive case of novel coronavirus — or COVID-19 — in New York State Sunday.

In an earlier statement, Cuomo says the patient is “a woman in her late thirties who 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 in New York .”

Monday morning on CNN, Cuomo confirmed that the 39-year-old woman is a health care worker, and that she took necessary precautions that will be advantageous for others at risk of contracting the virus.

The test was confirmed by New York’s Wadsworth Lab in Albany. The Governor called for the public to remain calm saying the risk of contracting the disease still remains low.

“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.”

According to Cuomo, the woman was not symptomatic on the plane back to America. When she arrived, she avoided public transportation.

During his CNN appearance, Cuomo said that a case was expected to be confirmed in New York, due to it being a major population center. Plus, many international flights come through the city’s airports.

In response, Cuomo is mobilizing the state’s public health system in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Test results in two other possible New York cases are still pending.

There are no cases of the virus here locally at this time, but Canisius College has announced they’re canceling all school-sponsored international travel, including their study abroad programs.

Cuomo says those who are most vulnerable to contracting coronavirus are elderly people and those who have other illnesses.

Here’s Canisius’ full statement on their decisions regarding international travel:

“Canisius College has decided to prohibit college-sponsored or related international travel to any countries designated by the CDC as a Level 4 – currently only China; Level 3, including Italy, South Korea and Iran. This will involve trips over the college’s upcoming spring break and during the summer.”

Canisius College

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