New York marks 1 year since 1st reported COVID case as city prepares for rollout of new vaccine
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
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.