Coronavirus Hits U.S., New York Confirms First Case
Contrary to the false information that members of the Democratic party had been spreading in the last few days, government officials have assured the public that the situation is under control.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced late Sunday that the first case of coronavirus had been confirmed in New York, a state that has a population of 8.5 million people.
State officials say that the patient is a woman, in her late thirties and had been isolated in her home in Manhattan. According to the Wall Street Journal, the patient had acquired the virus when she traveled to Iran. Although the woman had experienced respiratory symptoms, health officials assured the public that she was not in a serious condition.
In a statement, Gov. Cuomo claimed that they have always been prepared, “There is no cause for surprise—this was expected. As I said from the beginning, it was a matter of when, not if, there would be a positive case of novel coronavirus in New York.” The governor added that “there is no reason for undue anxiety.”
In fact, Cuomo said that even before the virus came in, the state had already received a green light from the Food and Drug Administration to conduct its own tests. The approval from the FDA provided a quicker turnaround of results for the Wadsworth Center in Albany. The governor also declared that he was pushing for the state legislatures to pass a $40 million emergency management authorization in order to fund the coronavirus response in New York. “The general risk remains low in New York,” Cuomo assured the millions of New Yorkers.
Moreover, another case had also been reported by the Rhode Island Department of Health. The patient is reportedly in their late 40s and had just recently returned from Italy. The patient was given a “presumptive test” after experiencing coronavirus symptoms, although the CDC is yet to confirm if the patient is indeed positive from the virus.
Rhode Island Director of Health Dr. Alexander-Scott wrote: “The Rhode Island Department of Health has been preparing for weeks to ensure that we have a structure in place to, to the best of our ability, limit or prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Rhode Island. We fully anticipated having a first case of COVID-19.”
Currently, state officials are tracking down anyone who had close contact with the patient and asking them to place themselves in a 14-day quarantine.
In a column for Breitbart News, writer Joel Pollak expressed his belief that the Democrats are partly to blame for the coronavirus hysteria. As Pollak wrote: “It is perhaps no accident that the coronavirus panic only began roiling world markets after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) emerged as the frontrunner for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president after the Nevada caucuses last weekend.”
He also shared that the Democrats are using the coronavirus to push for their own political agenda.”So the rise of Sanders is the result of one kind of panic, and the coronavirus panic is another: the reaction of those who believe the “fake news” and have convinced themselves that President Trump really is incompetent in a crisis,” Pollak stated.
Finally, Pollak reminded everyone of the possible chain reaction “you do not need the majority of people to panic to create a panic. You just need a significant proportion of people, reacting at the same time.”