Three further instances of a brand new, extra contagious variant of the coronavirus have been recognized in New York, together with one on Lengthy Island, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated Saturday.
Two of the instances are linked to the preliminary discovery of the variant recognized in Saratoga Springs, which was introduced Monday. The third case involving a 64-year-old man from Massapequa seems unrelated to the exposures in upstate New York, the governor stated.
The Lengthy Island man had first examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Dec. 27. State well being officers have been working with contact tracers in Nassau County to determine further potential exposures.
The variant circulating in Britain has been detected elsewhere in the US and in different nations.
“That brings the variety of UK instances on this nation to simply about 55, and we consider that it’s extra widespread than that quantity would counsel,” Cuomo stated at his day by day briefing.
New York is making an attempt to ramp up vaccinations as hospitalizations enhance to greater than eight,000 statewide, in comparison with about 5,000 a month in the past. The state plans to permit a a lot wider swath of the general public to be vaccinated within the coming week, together with anybody age 75 or older.
The preliminary case recognized in New York was a person in his 60s who works at a jewellery retailer within the upstate resort metropolis. Staff at a state well being division lab in Albany sequenced the virus from 5 further workers from the jewellery retailer who had examined optimistic for COVID-19. They confirmed the pressure was current in two of these individuals.
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