Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives a briefing after a man in Westchester tests positive for COVID-19

NEW YORK (WABC) — A man in Westchester County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Governor Andrew Cuomo said that this appears to be the first “community spread” case of the illness in the state.

The man in his 50s is hospitalized at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia in Washington Heights with an underlying respiratory illness.

The initial review of his travel does not suggest any direct connection to China or any country on the watch list. He did travel to Miami.

He lives in Westchester with his family and works in Manhattan.

Westchester Day School is closed, in addition to Riverdale Academy at the 254th Street campus and 259th Street campus. Both schools are associated with the Westchester County man who has tested positive.

Mayor Bill de Blasio released a statement on the case saying:
“Yesterday, a New York State resident with respiratory issues was diagnosed with the Coronavirus at a New York City hospital. The patient remains hospitalized and is in serious condition. City and State disease detectives are working closely to identify close contacts and the appropriate next steps. The test was conducted by the New York City Public Health Laboratory on our first day of testing. With the results confirmed within a number of hours, we were immediately able to take the next steps to stop the spread of this virus. We have said from the beginning that it is likely we will see more positive cases of the Coronavirus. We are working closely with our State and Federal partners to ensure we are taking the highest precautions to keep New Yorkers safe.”

Cuomo said the state is also testing two families in Buffalo who recently returned from Italy. They are being tested and are quarantined.

SUNY schools are considering bringing back study abroad students, Cuomo said. The decision would be released later Tuesday.

The day prior, the governor has announced the first positive case in New York City. Both Mayor de Blasio and the governor said that the risk to New Yorkers remains low.

They held a press conference together Monday morning to provide an update.


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