Three More Cases of UK COVID-19 Strain Found in New York Says Governor Cuomo
Governor Cuomo announced that three more New Yorkers were found to have been infected with the United Kingdom Strain of the COVID-19 Virus.
The announcement came today during his tele-press conference during which he stated that two of those infected were connected to the originating case he announced early in the week. That case involved a man affiliated with a jewelry store in Saratoga Springs.
The third case was discovered in Nassau County.
“That brings the number of UK cases in this country to just about 55, and we believe that it is more widespread than that number would suggest,” said Mr. Cuomo.
Through his statement today, the Governor complained that the federal government did nothing to protect the nation against the newly discovered Britain strains. His complaints began nearly three weeks ago when he called for the mandatory testing of people traveling to New York from the UK.
Below the following audio/video is the corresponding transcript.
Governor Andrew Cuomo:
“Bad news, because what would a day in the COVID War be without bad news, three more cases of the UK COVID strain have been found,” said the Governor. “Two cases are related to the Saratoga Springs jewelry store where we identified the first case. So, two additional cases related to that one case, that’s the read from the Saratoga situation. Also, an additional case in Nassau County, it appears to be unrelated to the Saratoga case. What we know about the case in Nassau County is a 64-year-old male from Massapequa, New York. The sample was received from a private lab sent to the state Department of Health, which has been doing sampling. That brings the number of UK cases in this country to just about 55, and we believe that it is more widespread than that number would suggest. That is, again, as far as I’m concerned, a situation with the federal government was asleep at the switch. If you remember, we heard about the UK strain, you had 120 countries that had required testing for people from the UK. New York required testing for people from the UK. The nation did nothing.”