ALBANY — A 3rd case of the more-contagious coronavirus variant first found in the UK has been recognized in Albany County, in keeping with information launched by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s workplace Tuesday.
His workplace introduced 18 new circumstances of the variant Tuesday, bringing the full quantity detected within the state thus far to 154. A second case of one other extremely transmissible variant first related to South Africa has additionally been recognized within the state, his workplace introduced. Each of these circumstances had been present in Nassau County.
Proof continues to be out on whether or not both variant is extra lethal than the unique SARS-COV-2 virus, however each are believed to be extra transmissible — elevating considerations of one other surge simply because the nation is starting to recuperate from the final one. There may be additionally concern the South African variant could also be much less vulnerable to the brand new coronavirus vaccines.
Albany County officers didn’t instantly reply to a query looking for particulars concerning the new case. On Monday, County Well being Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen mentioned the primary two circumstances had been recognized in two youngsters at a congregate youth facility. The youngsters weren’t experiencing signs, however had been examined as a precautionary measure after another person from the ability examined optimistic for coronavirus, she mentioned.
Further testing on the facility by the state was anticipated to happen Monday, she mentioned.
The Capital Area is dwelling to a minimum of 16 identified circumstances of the UK variant, together with seven in Saratoga County, six in Warren County and three in Albany County. Variants are recognized by means of genomic sequencing.
One other dying as hospitalizations fall
Albany County introduced one other dying on account of coronavirus on Tuesday. The sufferer, a person in his 60s, is the 346th county resident identified to have died from COVID-19.
Whereas deaths from coronavirus are nonetheless occurring recurrently, the Capital Area continues to see a decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Capital Area hospitals reported treating 166 coronavirus sufferers Monday, two fewer than the day earlier than.
The chart exhibits day by day hospitalizations associated to COVID-19 within the eight counties of the Capital Area. Graphics by Cathleen F. Crowley and Bethany Bump/Occasions Union (In regards to the information)
As of Monday, the eight-county area was averaging 234 new circumstances of the virus a day, in keeping with a Occasions Union evaluation of county information. That is up from 197 the day earlier than (will increase are frequent on Mondays on account of delayed weekend reporting), however down from a excessive of 1,009 noticed Jan. 10.