The first case of the highly contagious strain was detected in Saratoga Springs earlier this week. The individual who tested positive is affiliated with a jewelry store there.READ MORE: New York State Legislature Votes To Curb Gov. Cuomo's Emergency Powers
Cuomo says two employees of that jewelry store have also tested positive for the U.K. strain.
The health department is working with contact tracers in Nassau County to identify potential exposures.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran wrote on Facebook, “It’s never been more important for us to use our common sense and stick to what is proven to work: wear a mask, wash hands often, stay six ft apart, and avoid unsafe gatherings.”READ MORE: Brooklyn Mom Wants NYC Apartments Inspected Annually After Parts Of Ceiling Crash Down On 12-Year-Old Son
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“The U.K. strain is here, it is real, and the Usain Bolt-like speed through which it spreads is nothing short of frightening,” Cuomo said in a statement.
The governor called for the federal government to mandate COVID testing for all international travelers.
Two cases of the U.K. strain have also been found in Connecticut. New Jersey has not reported any cases of the variant.
Earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a travel ban from the U.K. to the U.S., saying, “If we don’t have a travel ban, then we’re literally inviting this new horrible variant in the door.”MORE NEWS: Immersive Public Art Installation Now On Display At Domino Park
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