Cuomo said the health department's Wadsworth Lab will provide hospitals with instructions on how to perform the coronavirus test and help them buy equipment necessary to develop and validate the test.
Andrew Cuomo said the first patient to test positive for the novel coronavirus in the state is a female 39-year-old health care worker who had been working in Iran before traveling back to the US last Tuesday.
Two people died of the coronavirus in Washington state. "This was expected. As I said from the beginning, it was a matter of when, not if there would be a positive case of novel coronavirus in NY".
An ambulance transports a patient from the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to the two of three confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, in Kirkland, Washington. She has respiratory symptoms and has been in a controlled situation since arriving in NY, according to the statement.
Rhode Island also confirmed its first case on Sunday.
"This evening we learned of the first positive case of novel coronavirus - or COVID-19 - in New York State", Cuomo said in the statement.
State officials said an additional 27 residents of the nursing home and 25 staff members were reporting symptoms of the virus, which can be similar to that of the common flu.
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New Zealand, Azerbaijan and Belarus on Friday reported their first coronavirus cases originating from Iran . Of the deaths, 34 were in the province of Hubei , whose capital is Wuhan and the epicenter of the outbreak.
"The general risk remains low in NY", he added.
"We have the capacity to keep this contained in god forbid it spread, spread, spread", he said.
As state and big-city public health labs awaited a fix for faulty kits, New York City and the state sought permission this week to run their own version of the test.
A world economy conference with Pope Francis due to take place in Italy later this month was also canceled.
More than 88,000 worldwide have been infected and the death toll worldwide has reached at least 3,000. American Airlines announced a similar move. On Saturday, a Washington state man in his 50s was the first person to die from coronavirus in the U.S. We had H1N1, we had the swine flu, we had the avian flu, we went through Ebola, we went through MERS, we went through SARS.
The governor said the state getting the green light from the US Centers for Disease Control over the weekend to conduct the tests was a game changer in preventing the spread of the virus.