First positive case of coronavirus in New York State

Posted at 7:59 PM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-01 20:11:02-05

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday the first positive case of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the state.

Cuomo says the woman, who is in her late thirties, contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran and is currently isolated in her home.

The woman has respiratory symptoms but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving in New York.

The positive test was confirmed by New York's Wadsworth Lab in Albany.

Cuomo announced Saturday New York State's coronavirus test was approved by the FDA and would immediately start testing at the Wadsworth Lab.

The governor says there is no cause for surprise or undue anxiety, this was expected.

Read a statement from Cuomo below:

"There is no cause for surprise -- this was expected. 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. Last week I called for the Legislature to pass a $40 million emergency management authorization to confront this evolving situation -- I look forward to its swift passage. 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."