1 year mark of New York state’s first 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.

Albany County’s first confirmed coronavirus case occurred 11 days after the state’s first official case, on March 12, 2020. The first case was a student at University at Albany.

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