Jon Campbell | New York State Team
Cuomo: NYC hospital patient has South African coronavirus variant
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo discusses a patient in a NYC hospital who has tested positive for the South African coronavirus variant; Feb. 15, 2021.
Courtesy: NYS Governor’s Office, New York State Team
ALBANY – A patient under the care of a New York City hospital has tested positive for the South African variant of the novel coronavirus.
Cuomo, speaking Monday at a coronavirus briefing at the state Capitol, confirmed the case without naming the hospital where the patient is being treated.
The patient is not a New York resident, Cuomo said. The person was transferred from Connecticut directly to a New York hospital.
That’s important to note, Cuomo said, because it does not suggest the virus variant spread in New York.
“We have no evidence of any spread in New York state to date,” Cuomo said.
Prior to Monday, 17 cases of the South African variant had been found in eight states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of now, there is no evidence to suggest the variant “has any impact on disease severity,” according to the CDC.
New York has had more than 1.5 million cases of the original strain of the coronavirus, which was first discovered in China.
Since then, the state has also found 70 known cases of a variant first discovered in the U.K., which is highly transmissible. Those cases have been found in Saratoga, Warren, Onondaga, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Ulster, Essex, Jefferson, Tompkins, Allegany and Niagara counties, according to Cuomo’s office.
Jon Campbell is a New York state government reporter for the USA TODAY Network. He can be reached at JCAMPBELL1@Gannett.com or on Twitter at @JonCampbellGAN.
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