New York reports first death from new coronavirus

Posted at 10:57 AM, Mar 14, 2020

NEW YORK (AP - MODIFIED) — New York state has reported its first death from the new coronavirus.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that the patient was an 82-year-old woman with emphysema who died at a hospital in New York City. She died on Friday.

More than 500 New Yorkers have been diagnosed so far with COVID-19, the new illness that has sickened people around the globe.

There are no confirmed cases in the Buffalo area.

The virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness.