New York has confirmed its first case of novel coronavirus, according to a statement from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The patient is a woman in her late 30s, contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran, and is currently isolated in her home, Cuomo said.
“The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving to New York,” the statement reads.
Cuomo said approval for state-testing was granted on Saturday and the positive test was confirmed by New York’s Wadsworth Lab in Albany.
“There is no cause for surprise — this was expected,” Cuomo said. “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.”
Cuomo added there’s 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 said.