New York has become the fourth state to identify the highly-contagious UK Covid-19 strain and this variant was found in a man in his 60s with no travel history
The state of New York has found its first case of the likely more contagious, UK strain of the coronavirus. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the first confirmed case of the UK strain of Covid-19 virus has been detected in Saratoga Springs. The strain was traced back to a person who is affiliated with a jewelry store — N Fox Jewelers, which is located on 404 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The man in his 60s had no recent travel history, indicating that he likely contracted the virus through community spread. New York is the fourth state to confirm the UK variant.
“As you know, the State Department of Health has been aggressively looking for the UK strain of Covid, and we’re doing more testing than any state in the country and we’re doing more testing for the UK strain. The Wadsworth lab confirmed a case of the UK strain in Saratoga County, New York. It’s a gentleman who is in his 60s. He was symptomatic, but he is on the mend and he’s doing better. He did not travel recently, so this suggests that it’s in the community, it was community spread as opposed to having traveled to the UK,” said Cuomo.
The governor further explained that the sample was originally done in Saratoga Hospital and then was one of the samples that Wadsworth received as part of their UK testing program. “There are 3 other cases in the jewelry store. We don’t know if they are the UK strain of Covid, we’re testing for them now,” he added.
All individuals who visited the store from December 18 through December 24 have been asked to contact the Department of Health and receive a Covid-19 test immediately. “The store was closed from December 24th through today (January 4), but we want people who visited the store from December 18th until the store closed on December 24th to get a test,” advised Cuomo.
Which other US states have detected this variant?
Colorado: On December 29, 2020, officials announced that the first case of the UK variant called B.1.1.7, has been confirmed in Colorado. The individual is a male in his 20s who was working at a facility in Elbert County and had no travel history. According to an update provided by Colorado Governor Jared Polis, this individual is currently recovering and in isolation. The state is also investigating a second sample that was identified as a possible B.1.1.7 strain, but the sequence. Brinkwire Brief News.