ALBANY, N.Y. — Following reports of four people in New York State under investigation by health officials for the coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued the state's response plan to the virus.
Officials say the four people are in isolation while tests are being conducted by the CDC. One of the cases has tested negative, three others are still pending.
Two people in the United States, one in the Seattle-area and one in Chicago, have confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
"As we learn about the first confirmed cases of this novel coronavirus in the United States and potentially in New York, I want to assure New Yorkers that we are prepared," Governor Cuomo said. "We are undertaking a wide-reaching and rigorous effort with all stakeholders, including healthcare providers, airports and federal health officials, to put in place the appropriate precautions to keep New Yorkers safe. The symptoms of this virus are very similar to a common cold - if you are concerned that you might be ill, please follow our guidance to protect yourself and others."
Last week, the New York State Department of Health issued guidelines to health care facilities to ensure the proper protocols are in place if a patient is experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus.
Passengers arriving from Wuhan, China into John F. Kennedy International Airport are being checked for symptoms of the virus.