First Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in New York State
Patient, who traveled to Iran, is isolated in her home; health officials say risk still low
By Melanie Grayce West March 1, 2020, 8:14 p.m. EST
A woman who recently traveled to Iran is New York’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday night.
The woman, who wasn’t named, is in her late 30s and contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran. She has respiratory symptoms and is presently isolated in her home, according to the governor’s office. She isn’t in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving in New York, according to the governor’s office.
“There is no cause for surprise—this was expected,” the governor said in a statement. “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.”