1 year anniversary of New York state’s 1st confirmed COVID-19 case


TOPSHOT – Medical personnel move a deceased patient to a refrigerated truck serving as make shift morgues at Brooklyn Hospital Center on April 09, 2020 in New York City. – America’s coronavirus epicenter of New York recorded a new single-day high of 799 COVID-19 deaths Thursday but Governor Andrew Cuomo said the rate of hospitalizations continued to fall. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — It’s been exactly one year since New York state had its first confirmed COVID-19 case.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement in the evening on Sunday, March 1, 2020:

At that point in time, only about a dozen New Yorkers had been tested for the virus.

When New York had its first confirmed case, there were 65 cases across nine states nationwide and two confirmed deaths in Washington state.

Since then, New York state has had 1,643,867 confirmed cases, and 47,615 COVID-19 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. More than 500,000 Americans have died from the virus to-date.

“It’s been exactly one year since we first identified COVID in New York, and while we’ve made incredible progress towards defeating it, testing and vaccinating more and more New Yorkers, we need to stay vigilant,” Gov. Cuomo said Monday. “Our ongoing effort to get shots in arms is producing increasing numbers of sites where New Yorkers can get vaccinated, but we’re going to need more supply to reach enough residents to put a serious dent in the virus’ spread. It’s critical that New Yorkers continue to practice safe behaviors—washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing—while we’re still working to vaccinate a large portion of the population. This has been an incredibly long 365 days and there are more ahead, but New Yorkers have already shown unprecedented perseverance and toughness throughout this pandemic—now we just need to get to the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Monroe County’s first confirmed coronavirus case would occur 10 days after the state’s first official case, on March 11, 2020.

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