WATCH: Westchester 'patient zero' didn’t think he had COVID-19 when he got sick

Maya Rajamani
May 11, 2020 - 12:51 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The New Rochelle lawyer who became known as Westchester County's “patient zero” after he tested positive for COVID-19 didn’t think he had the virus when he got sick, he said in an interview on “Today” Monday morning. 

Lawrence Garbuz was the second person in New York state to test positive for coronavirus and the first to test positive in New Rochelle — where Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 10 declared a “containment area” due to an outbreak of positive cases. 

In an interview with Savannah Guthrie Monday morning, Garbuz said COVID-19 “really wasn’t on my mind” when he first got sick in February, NBC News reported. 

“I think at the time we were sort of focusing on individuals who had maybe traveled internationally, something that I had not done,” he said. I’m a lawyer. I sit at a desk all day.” 

Garbuz ended up in a coma after he was hospitalized for COVID-19, he told Guthrie. 

“After we entered the emergency room, I have absolutely no recollection of anything that transpired until I woke up from the coma,” he said, adding that his wife, Adina Garbuz, “saved his life.” 

Garbuz told Guthrie he didn’t have any pre-existing conditions when he got COVID-19.