Gov. Andrew Cuomo Confirms 1st Case of Coronavirus in New York

March 01, 2020 - 7:57 pm

Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed the first case of coronavirus in New York State on Sunday night.

Cuomo said a woman in her 30s contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran and is currently isolated in her home.

It’s unclear where in New York the woman lives, but the New York Post reported a source saying that she lives in Manhattan.

"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."

Cuomo said the positive test was confirmed by New York's Wadsworth Lab in Albany. 

On Saturday, the FDA approved New York’s coronavirus test after delayed or unreliable tests by the CDC. 

Two possible coronavirus cases in New York City are currently being tested at the lab in Albany.

Cuomo said the fact the state test confirmed the virus underscores "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."

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