Cuomo confirms first case of Covid-19 variant in New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo is pictured in Rochester, New York on November 25, 2020 at Mike Groll / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

New York State health officials have confirmed New York’s first case of a new, contagious strain of Covid-19 in Saratoga County, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

Key context: The Wadsworth Lab in Albany identified the strain, first identified in the UK, in a Covid-19 sample submitted by Saratoga Hospital. Cuomo said the strain was found in a man in his sixties connected to a jewelry store in Saratoga Springs.

The governor said three other people linked to the business have tested positive for Covid-19, but it’s unclear whether they also have the variant of the virus. The man who was found to have the burden recently did not travel and appeared to be getting it from “community spread,” Cuomo said.

The strain has also been identified in California, Colorado, Florida, and 33 other countries.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson reintroduced a national lockdown on Monday as the variant increased across the UK.

What’s next: State health officials are urging anyone who was with N. Fox Jewelers December 18-24 to get tested for Covid-19.

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