NY sees first confirmed case of U.K. strain of COVID

ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - New York has its first confirmed case of the United Kingdom’s COVID-19 variant.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Monday afternoon.

He said Wadsworth Laboratory confirmed the case in a man in his 60s in Saratoga County.

According to Cuomo, the man has some symptoms but is recovering.

The man did not travel recently; the governor said that suggests the strain is being spread in the community.

Cuomo is advising anyone who visited N. Fox Jewelers, the store where the man works, between December 18 and December 24 to get a COVID-19 test.

The governor said the U.K. strain is 70 percent more contagious than the original COVID-19 strain.

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