Government Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the first known case of the South African corona virus variant in New York State was a resident of Long Island.
A mutated version of COVID-19 was found in Governor Nassau County resident Said in a news release.
The announcement came a week after a Connecticut resident was admitted to hospital in New York City Found to be variable.
The strain, first identified in South Africa, was first detected in the United States last month – and scientists believe it could spread more easily than other types of the virus.
Coming to the Empire State, Cuomo said “it’s more important than ever for New Yorkers to be vigilant, wear masks, wash their hands and be socially distant.”
“We are now in a race – between our ability to vaccinate and these types of actively trying to multiply – we will only win that race if we are smart and disciplined,” he said.
Nassau County Administrator Laura Curran also urged residents to continue taking precautionary measures.
“We do not believe the South African variant is very dangerous, but it may still be contagious,” Quran said in a statement. “The best response is to pursue tried and true precautionary measures: wear masks, avoid social gatherings, stay away, stay home and check in when you are sick.”
Meanwhile, the state’s latest COVID-19 numbers Continued to show a downward trend Hospitalization and deaths after a spike during the holidays.
Less than 5,800 patients were hospitalized with the virus on Saturday, more than 800 a week earlier.
Authorities recorded 75 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, the first daily death toll below 100 since December 16.
For the first time since November 23, CUMO reported a positive COVID-19 rate of 2.99 percent in the state.
“We continue to see positive and hospitalization across the state, which is good news, and this improvement allows us to reopen the valve on our economy,” Cuomo said.
With post wires