Cuomo: At Least 9 New Yorkers Being Tested For Coronavirus

Marla Diamond
January 27, 2020 - 6:48 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880)Five Americans have tested positive for coronavirus and another 73 are being tested, including some in the Tri-State area.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced there are no confirmed cases in New York State, but samples from nine individuals were being tested for the potentially deadly disease.

“Four of these samples have proven negative and five results are still pending,” the governor said in a statement. “These five individuals remain in isolation as their samples are tested at CDC. While the risk for New Yorkers is currently low, we are still working to keep everyone informed, prepared and safe.”

Meanwhile, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports a student at Westleyan University in Connecticut is in isolation after complaining of cough and a fever after traveling through an airport where there was a confirmed case of the virus.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention needs help from the federal government to ensure the coronavirus does not spread.

“Should the outbreak get worse, they’re going to need immediate access to critical federal funds that, at present, they can’t access,” he said.

He says it’s up to the Department of Health and Human Services to provide the key to funding.

“We’re here to say use the key now and unlock the dollars,” Schumer said.

The Democrat says tens of millions of dollars can be provided from the federal government from the federal government for testing, screening and outreach.

Dozens of people have died from the virus in China, which has issued massive travel bans in hard-hit sections of that country to try to stem spread of the virus.

The U.S. consulate in Wuhan announced Sunday that it would evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight.

Guidance from the CDC advises that people who have had casual contact with the patient are at “minimal risk” for developing infection. There's no evidence that person-to-person transmission occurred in Orange County, and the risk of local transmission remains low, the release said. Further details about the case weren't released. The CDC hadn't added the Southern California case to its summary of U.S. cases as of early Sunday.

The virus can cause fever, coughing, wheezing and pneumonia. It is a member of the coronavirus family that's a close cousin to the deadly SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past.

(© 2020 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)