Monroe County confirms first case of COVID-19.

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The first case of the coronavirus has been confirmed by Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza, according to WIVB. The patient traveled from a high-risk area and is now in isolation at home.

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During a press conference this morning, officials say the individual, a man in his 30s, traveled to Italy and that is where he contracted the virus. His identity remains concealed. Health authorities say they are in contact with the people whom the man has been in contact. He was tested by the Erie County Health Department.

Rochester has cancelled its St. Patrick's Day parade over concerns of the virus spreading. It is a new virus, so officials don't have all the answers, but say it is now spreading though close contact with other people who are infected or have been exposed.

"Most of the early reported cases had contact with a seafood and live animal market, suggesting an animal source of the outbreak. However, most cases are now likely to be spread from person to person by droplets when coughing. Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads." ~ NYS Department of Health

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