BREAKING: First confirmed case of coronavirus in New York after woman in her 30s tests positive after traveling to Iran
The first positive case of coronavirus in New York state has been confirmed on Sunday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
A statement from the Cuomo’s office reveals that the patient, an unidentified woman in her late thirties, contracted COVID-19 while traveling abroad in Iran.
It’s unclear when the woman was in Iran and when she returned to the U.S.
‘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,’ Cuomo wrote.
‘[This] is exactly why I advocated for the approval from Vice President Pence that New York was granted just yesterday.’
Cuomo admitted that the deadly diseases’ entrance into New York’s population of 19 million was a ‘matter of when, not if.’
New York officials have confirmed that the state’s first positive case of coronavrius was found in a woman in her late thirties Sunday
He goes on to say that there is a $40million emergency management authorization legislature that has been proposed to government officials and is anticipating it’s quick approval.
‘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,’ he wrote.
New York’s first positive coronavirus case comes one day after health officials confirmed that the a woman in King County, Washington became the first person to die of the disease on Friday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (pictured): ‘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’
On Saturday, the Trump administration confirmed that a woman in her 50s died of coronavirus.
So far more than 60 cases have been identified in the U.S. with 84,128 cases of the virus around the world.
The woman returned to King County on February 23 and went to work in Seattle the following day.
She began showing symptoms of the disease Tuesday and reported them to health officials before being tested for the virus Thursday.
Her results came back positive Friday.
Officials said she was improving without any complications and her and her husband are under quarantine at home.
The announcement came soon after Oregon health officials on Friday confirmed they had a patient who tested positive for the disease in a case of ‘community spread’.
This is the first coronavirus case altogether in Oregon and the first instance of ‘community transmission’ outside California.
The individual is from Washington County and is employed at Forest Hills Elementary School in Lake Oswego.
Officials said at a press conference Friday that it is feared that the individual may have exposed students and staff to the virus.
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