More cases of UK strain found in New York State

More cases of UK strain found in New York State
COVID-19 Testing (Source: AP/File)

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Governor Cuomo announced Saturday that 3 more cases of the UK COVID-19 strain have been found in New York.

Two were identified in Saratoga County and have been connected to the initial case found there last week.

And one case has been traced back to an individual living in Massapequa, New York on Long Island.

There have now been a total of 4 cases of the UK strain identified in the state to date.

Cuomo says that brings the number of UK cases in the United States to around 55.

However, Cuomo says there is good news in combatting this: A new testing record has been set.

258,031 COVID-19 test results were reported to New York State Friday, the highest reported in a single day yet.

“The good news -- a new testing record has been set. The bad news -- three more cases of the UK COVID strain have been found,” Governor Cuomo said, “If we are to beat COVID once and for all, we need to win the footrace between how fast the infection rate rises and how fast vaccinations are administered. The UK strain’s Usain Bolt-like infection rate has certainly made that job all the more difficult, especially since the federal government has refused to mandate testing for international travelers, but New York is forging ahead nonetheless.”

“We have worked tirelessly to expand hospital capacity and are doing everything we can to accelerate the distribution of the vaccine. What we all need to do now is remember that our actions will determine what happens next - so stay smart, wear a mask and avoid gatherings,” said Cuomo.

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