New York City has it’s first confirmed case of coronavirus. According to state officials, the patient is a woman in her late 30s who recently traveled to Iran.
Governor Cuomo released a statement Sunday night announcing the first case in the state.
“The patient, a woman in her late thirties, contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran, and is currently isolated in her home,” Cuomo said in the statement.
Sources report the woman lives in Manhattan. Despite the state’s first case of the virus, Cuomo insisted,
“There is no cause for surprise — 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 New York.”
However, the same cannot be said in the state of Florida. Sunday night, two coronavirus cases were confirmed and Governor Ron DeSantis declared a public health emergency for the Tampa Bay Area.
According to the Florida Department of Health, one patient in Manatee County did not travel to countries identified for restricted travel by the Centers for Disease Control. The second patient in Hillsborough County recently traveled to Italy.
A public health emergency allows for funding to be immediately available for local governments to battle a coronavirus case or a presumed case if needed. State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees said in a statement,
“Our epidemiological teams are among the best in the nation, and they are right now aggressively pursuing every potential lead during these critical early moments of this outbreak in Florida.”
Ain’t no “mask off” y’all, MASKS ON!