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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that Rick Cotton, the Port Authority’s executive director for New York and New Jersey, has tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Cotton has been overseeing the arrival of overseas flights coming into airports in the area, including John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Cuomo on Monday identified the New York city of New Rochelle as a “significant hotspot” for the virus. At least 106 cases have been confirmed there so far, the governor said.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that Rick Cotton, the Port Authority’s executive director for New York and New Jersey, has tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Cotton “is going to be on quarantine” and will be working at home, Cuomo said at a press briefing. The team of senior officials who work with Cotton will also be tested, Cuomo said.

“Several of them may be on quarantine,” he said.

Cotton has been overseeing the arrival of overseas flights coming into airports in the area, including John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Cotton “has been doing a magnificent job handling the airports,” Cuomo said.

The deadly coronavirus, which is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China, has spread across the globe in recent months. The disease has killed more than 3,800 people and infected more than 111,000 so far, including more than 500 cases in the U.S.

Cuomo on Monday identified the New York city of New Rochelle as a “significant hotspot” for the virus. At least 106 cases have been confirmed there so far, the governor said.


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