The so-called “super strain” of COVID-19 from the United Kingdom is increasing in New York.
As of Saturday, February 20, the total number of state-wide cases of this more contagious variant of COVID was 136, of which 54 were new cases (39.7%).
New York City has reported 77 of these 136 British strains, of which 46 are new cases.
Since the state’s positive test rate has fallen to its lowest level since late November, and residents of the state are receiving vaccination every day, there is concern that the spread of this mutation will lead to an increase in cases.
In the Hudson Valley, four counties have reported cases, the most recent being Dutch and Ulster counties.
“The New York State Department of Health in the Netherlands informed us today that residents of Dutch County have tested positive for the British COVID-1
“This is an important reminder that despite the reduction in the positive rate and vaccinations, the fight against COVID is not over yet.
“We must stay vigilant-wear masks, wash hands, respect your health and the health of others. This confirmed case highlights the need to vaccinate residents as soon as possible, and I will continue to work to increase vaccine distribution, including establishing partnerships with the state government Together we will establish a mass vaccination site in Dutchess County.”
The breakdown of the British variants in the Hudson Valley by county is as follows:
- Westchester, five in total
- Rockland, four in total, no new
- Ulster County, two in total, one new
- Dutchess, a new
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