Coronavirus: New York airport boss contracts deadly virus as cases in US state soar to 142

Director Rick Cotton had been overseeing international arrivals at New York City area airports, but has contracted coronavirus. As such, Mr Cotton will work from home, as the deadly virus continues to rapidly spread across the globe.

Rick Cotton has been overseeing international arrivals at JFK Airport and other airports.

“He has been at airports with many people coming back with the virus,” Cuomo said.

The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, wrote on Twitter: “There are additional confirmed cases of #Coronavirus in NYS, bringing total to 142.”

Adding: “Currently, 8 of the 142 positive cases are hospitalized — or about 6 percent.

“There are steps that all New Yorkers can take to prevent the spread of #Coronavirus.”

Mr Cuomo suggested Mr Cotton may have contracted the virus during his work on behalf of the authority.

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