New York marks 1 year since 1st reported COVID case as city prepares for rollout of new vaccine
It’s officially been a year since the first reported coronavirus case in New York.
On March 1, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a 39-year-old Manhattan woman was believed to have contracted the infection while traveling in Iran.
The health care worker returned home a week before her diagnosis and began to experience respiratory symptoms.
Millions of cases later, medical experts have learned a lot about the new virus.
They do say that there is still more to discover about different variants and vaccines that could help stop the threat of infection.
The state is reporting a 3.14% coronavirus positivity rate, the lowest since November.
New York had a daily positivity rate of 68% at the height of the pandemic in April.
As of Monday, more than 2.8 million New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to state numbers.
A total of 7.9% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated with first and second doses.
In addition to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have given emergency-use authorization to Johnson & Johnson, which is only one dose and has been proven to prevent different variants of the virus.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine also does not have to be stored in extremely cold temperatures.
The borough could see the new vaccine as soon as tomorrow.