1 person in NYC being tested by CDC for coronavirus because of symptoms, recent travel to Italy: health dept.

David Caplan
February 28, 2020 - 8:57 am

This undated photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. (CDC via AP)


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- One New Yorker is being tested for coronavirus, the city's health department announced late Thursday afternoon.

"We are currently investigating one person in New York City for #COVID19, the illness caused by novel #coronavirus," the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene tweeted. "The person reported symptoms and recent travel to Italy. This person will be tested by @CDCgov and we will update results soon."

According to the health department, testing to determine whether the pending cases are confirmed as positive or negative will take at least 36 to 48 hours.

News of this individual being tested comes one day after Mayor Bill De Blasio said at a press conference that there are no confirmed cases of the virus and that the city is prepared for an outbreak. 

"As of this hour, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the city of New York -- every single potential case that was tested came back negative," De Blasio said. "That does not reduce our vigilance one iota ... No one should take coronavirus lightly."

He said, "we have 1,200 hospital beds we can make available immediately."

He urged New Yorkers, "If someone has the symptoms and a nexus to one of the countries deeply affected, meaning they went their themselves ... they need to get the healthcare immediately."