Covid-19 Variant Found in Saratoga Springs

A more contagious variant of the Covid-19 virus identified in the United Kingdom has been found in  upstate New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said  Monday.

A man in his 60s was reported to have the mutated virus and Cuomo said he was recovering. Because he reported that he had not traveled recently, Cuomo said the mutated virus was in the community.

“The strain was traced back to an individual affiliated with a Saratoga Springs jewelry store – N. Fox Jewelers located on 404 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY – and all individuals who visited the store from December 18 through December 24 are encouraged to contact the Department of Health and receive a COVID-19 test immediately,”

The new strain was detected by the Department of Health’s Wadsworth laboratory as part of the state’s UK strain testing program. 

Cuomo said there are three other cases connected with  the jewelry store but that it is unknown yet  whether they are the same variant.


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