The first New York state case of a South African variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Nassau County, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last weekend, and the county has confirmed that the individual testing positive lives in Glen Head.
According to the state, the sequencing involving a Nassau County resident was conducted at Opentrons Labworks Inc.’s Pandemic Response Lab, a New York City-based commercial lab, and verified at the Wadsworth Center in Albany. Only days before, a Connecticut resident who had been hospitalized in New York City was found to have the South African variant.
Jordan Carmon, a spokesperson for Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, confirmed in a statement that the individual lived in Glen Head.
“We don’t believe the South African variant is more deadly, but it may be more contagious,” Curran said in a statement to her Facebook page. “The best response is to continue the tried and true precautions: wearing masks, avoiding social gatherings, distancing, and staying home and getting tested when sick.”