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.
“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.”