BREAKING: Ulster County Reports First Coronavirus Case

An Ulster County man has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The man, who county leaders declined to identify, recently returned from France, where about 1,000 cases of the new virus had been identified by Sunday afternoon.

The man notified the Ulster County Health Department when he started to show symptoms and drove himself to a hospital on the department’s advice, according to the Ulster County Executive’s Office.

Samples were taken from the man at the hospital, then tested at the Wadsworth Center in Albany, according to Assistant Deputy County Executive Dan Torres.

The man was immediately placed into quarantine after arriving at the hospital, according to the executive’s office.

Torres declined to reveal where in Ulster County the man lived, but said the municipality’s leaders had been notified.

Anyone experiencing a fever with cough or shortness of breath should contact the Ulster County Health Department at 845-340-3150. If symptoms are severe, call 911.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan will hold a press conference discussing the case at 2 p.m. today. This story will be updated. Check back for more details.

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