How doctors failed to spot COVID-19 in NY 'patient zero'
A man who was patient zero near New York City has said doctors made "no mention" of deadly coronavirus, which has since infected more than 335,000 in the state.
A man who was patient zero near New York City said doctors he visited made "no mention" of deadly coronavirus, which since infected more than 335,000 in the state.
Lawrence Garbuz, a lawyer who worked in Manhattan, tested positive on March 2 in New Rochelle.
He spoke to NBC News about what happened when he visited a doctor and presented with mild symptoms.
"I just thought it was a cough. A winter cough and quite frankly, I'm not certain that any of the sort of medical staff had been thinking about that initially when they examined me," Mr Garbuz said.
He was asked if COVID-19 was raised at all during his check-up.
"Not at all. There was no mention of it at all."
Mr Garbuz is believed to patient zero in New Rochelle, Westchester.
He was the second person in New York State to test positive for the virus, and was released from the hospital in late March.
Mr Garbuz was hospitalised on March 2 and put on a breathing tube.
His was considered the first case of community spread, meaning the source of the virus was not known.
The virus spread remarkably quickly over the following week.
Officials said more than 50 coronavirus cases could be linked to Mr Garbuz, including his wife, son, daughter, a neighbour who drove him to the hospital, another friend, and that friend's family.
Prior to his positive test, Mr Garbuz attended religious events at the Young Israel of New Rochelle synagogue.
So on March 10, officials announced the creation of a containment zone that encircled the synagogue.
They closed schools within the area, banned large gatherings and set up satellite facilities for people to get tested.
The containment area did not limit people's movement and was more focused on gatherings and schools within the zone.
It was initially billed as a two-week plan, but stricter orders were soon applied to the entire tri-state region