The first person to test positive for coronavirus in New York City is a health care worker who acted in a “textbook way” to try to avoid contaminating others, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
The 39-year-old woman knew she posed a potential risk after returning from Iran — and avoided taking public transportation as she headed home to Manhattan, where she self-isolated, Cuomo said in TV interviews.
Because the patient is “very sophisticated” in her knowledge of health care practices, she “took precautions that turned out to be very advantageous,” the governor told CNN.
“She was not on any public transportation, she has been in her home virtually isolated and she is isolated once again,” Cuomo said. “So in this case, because of those circumstances — because of her knowledge — she acted in a textbook way.”
He said she was “not symptomatic” when she landed in New York, without giving further details of when or where that was.
Still, officials are trying to trace anyone who may have come into contact with her on the plane or in the airport, Cuomo said.
“At this point we have no reason for concern,” he insisted — while also conceding that he thinks it is “inevitable” that there will be “community spread.”
“You can’t have it be in this many places in the globe and this many places in the country and not be in New York. So that is going to happen,” he said, calling it “deep breath time.”
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