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First case of coronavirus confirmed in Waterbury

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Waterbury has confirmed the city’s first positive case of coronavirus on Tuesday.

The Director of Emergency Management confirmed to News 8 that a woman in her late 20s tested positive for coronavirus.

The woman was referred by her doctor to get tested at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury and is currently in self-quarantined in her home.

Officials say that this is not a community transfer of the virus because she contracted the disease overseas.

Health officials said the test was a “simple swab test.” A cotton swab was put in her nose and another went in her mouth.

The hospital started drive-thru testing on Friday. Fifteen people showed up then but that number jumped to more than 150 on Tuesday.

“As the coronavirus is becoming more prominent in Connecticut,  we’re seeing an increase in demand for testing,” said Dr. Justin Lundbye, Waterbury Hospital Chief Medical Officer.

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