Gov. Cuomo issues update after tenth New Yorker tested for coronavirus

Kimberly Dole
January 28, 2020 - 11:48 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an update on novel coronavirus on Tuesday, as one more New Yorker is identified for testing, bringing the total to 10.

The New York State Department of Health has sent samples for 10 individuals to the CDC for testing  as of Tuesday, with seven found to be negative and three more still pending.

So far, there are no confirmed cases in New York State, but Cuomo has directed the state department of health to closely monitor the virus and continue preparations..

"While we continue to closely monitor the spread of this novel coronavirus, I have directed our Department of Health to continue communicating with and providing updates to our local communities, healthcare providers, colleges, universities and New York companies with locations or business interests in China," Governor Cuomo said.

He added, "my message to New Yorkers is: take this coronavirus seriously, take proper precautions, stay informed, but also feel confident that our Health Department and this administration are prepared and ready."

The Department of Health continues to provide guidance to New York's colleges and universities, many of which have international students from China, on how to identify the virus, update students and promote prevention measures.

"We will continue to work with our partners at the CDC and around the State as we assist in any way necessary to ensure the health of all New Yorkers," New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said.

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