Nassau County currently has two confirmed cases of a South African Covid-19 variant, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s press office said in today’s news release.
The first case of a South African strain in New York Reported in Nassau on Sunday.. Two days later, health officials also confirmed one second in Nassau. Officials say South African variants are less deadly, but more potentially contagious.
“The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter every day, but we aren’t there yet,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I advise you to stay vigilant until the New Yorker wins the war. Wear a mask, stay socially away, and wash your hands.”
A spokeswoman for Nassau County said the county was unable to reveal in which town the incident was located. The State Department of Health has not yet responded to requests for more information.
“I don’t think the South African variant is more deadly, but it may be more contagious,” county official Laura Callan wrote in a statement Sunday after the first incident was discovered. It was. “The best thing to do is to continue the true trial-and-error precautions of wearing a mask, avoiding social gatherings, staying away, staying home and being tested when you are ill.”
The state also announced that there were 18 new cases of the UK variant of Covid-19 across the state, for a total of 154 known cases. Long Island accounts for 23 of those cases — 11 in Nassau and 12 in Suffolk.
The overall Covid-19 positive rate for Long Island is 4.3% on average over 7 days. There are 1,024 Covid-19 patients in the Long Island hospital.
Twelve died in Covid-19 on Long Island yesterday — four in Nassau and eight in Suffolk.
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