New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement during his briefing Monday, saying the patient was transferred from Connecticut to the New York hospital.
Authorities say there is no evidence of spread in New York State to date.
“The South African variant is concerned about how lethal it is and how it relates to the vaccine,” Cuomo said.
The Connecticut State Department of Health confirmed the positive case in a statement.
“Governor Lamont and state public health officials announced today that variant B.1.351 of the COVID-19 virus, the so-called ‘South African’ variant, was detected in a Connecticut patient who is currently hospitalized out of state with the virus. The individual’s condition is improving. This is the first known case of variant B.1.351 in a Connecticut resident. “
Meanwhile, officials say 3.2 million have received their vaccinations statewide and more than 1 million New Yorkers.
The positivity rate statewide is 3.53%.
Long Island continues to have the highest positivity of the regions at 4.62%, while Mid-Hudson has the second highest at 4.53%.
Bronx continues to have the highest positivity in New York at 6.11%.
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