Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday confirmed New York State’s first case of the coronavirus, saying that a woman contracted the virus while traveling in Iran and is now in New York City isolated in her home.
“The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving to New York,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement.
The woman, who is in her late 30s, is in Manhattan, according to state officials. It was not immediately clear when she returned from Iran.
Her test was confirmed Sunday in the Wadsworth Lab in Albany, N.Y. It will now be reviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
More than 70 people in the United States have been confirmed through laboratory testing to have the new coronavirus. Many had been passengers on a cruise ship ravaged by the virus or had been infected in China and then returned to the United States.
But there have also been several confirmed cases of person-to-person spread in the United States. And researchers say that in Washington State the virus may have been spreading for weeks, largely undetected, and that hundreds of people may have possibly been infected. One person in Washington has died after falling ill with the new coronavirus.