The woman was the first patient in New York City to have samples sent to the CDC for testing. The city’s public health authorities announced her case on Saturday evening and have been referring to her as “a patient under investigation.” The authorities have cautioned that she may be found not to have the new virus.
On Sunday evening, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced two more possible cases. Both patients are older than 94, the authorities said. One is currently at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, the other is at New York-Presbyterian Queens. Both hospitals are in Flushing, Queens.
Over the last two weeks, the New York City’s Health Department has sought to reassure the public and encourage people to continue with their daily routine . Those who recently traveled from Wuhan or elsewhere in China were told that there was no need to self-quarantine so long as they felt fine and were symptom-free.
But the federal government has issued new restrictions, including a quarantine policy that went into effect at 5 pm Eastern time on Sunday.
That policy bars most foreign nationals who have been in mainland China in the past 22 days from entering the United States. American citizens who have been to Hubei province – Wuhan is the capital city in Hubei – will be taken into mandatory quarantine upon entry into the United States, or directly to a hospital if they are found to be “symptomatic,” said Rick Cotton, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates Kennedy International, La Guardia and Newark Liberty International Airports.
American citizens who are returning from elsewhere in China will be required to self-monitor their health and “subject to restrictions on movements outside their homes,” Mr. Cotton said.