Executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Rick Cotton, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Currently Cotton, who is in his mid-70s, is asymptomatic and has self-quarantined at his home while still maintaining a full schedule, the port authority has stated.
Speaking at a press conference, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said: “He has been at the airports, obviously, when many people were coming back with the virus.”
Cotton had been overseeing the port authority’s response to the virus and Cuomo said that he might have been infected as part of his work on behalf of the authority at Kennedy International Airport.
He noted that Kennedy International “was one of the main airports for people coming in on those overseas flights”.
The port authority said that any staff members who have had close contact with Cotton in recent days are also working from home, following the guidelines and protocols put in place by the New York State Department of Health.
Cotton is now among the 142 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York State and is one of the most prominent public officials in the US to have contracted the virus.