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 after arriving from Iran with her husband, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
The 39-year-old woman knew she posed a potential risk after returning — and avoided taking public transportation as she headed home to Manhattan, where she self-isolated, Cuomo said at a press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio. The woman took a car service when she and her husband, also a health-care worker, arrived Tuesday, he said.
“We don’t believe she was contagious on the plane or in the private car that took them from the airport to her residence. She was not on any public transportation, she has been in her home virtually isolated and she is isolated once again. So in this case, because of those circumstances — because of her knowledge — she acted in a textbook way.”
Her husband also is under self-quarantine and is being tested for the illness and authorities are contacting the rest of the passengers on the couple’s flight, as well as their driver, to try and trace anyone who may have come into contact with her on the plane or in the airport, Cuomo said.