New York first Coronavirus Patient is Health Care Worker

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.”

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