California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state discovered the first variants of the virus Tuesday in New York in Southern California. It did not specify where the cases were found.
The New York variant has spread rapidly in recent days, with more than 700 cases, mostly on the East Coast, confirmed since it was first detected in November. Like other variants, the New York variety is also believed to spread more easily from person to person, but federal authorities, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, have warned that the variant could be more resistant to current COVID vaccines.
While painting an upbeat picture of California’s work controlling the spread of Covid-19, Newsom again preached continued surveillance and wearing masks, despite Texas and Mississippi lifting such mandates, noting that another variant of the one has been found. virus in the state.
California Governor Gavin Newsom criticizes his Texas counterpart Greg Abbott for the requirement to lift the mask:
“We’re making progress, but … it’s not mission accomplished,” Newsom said during a visit to Long Beach. And as we transition over the course of the next 90 to 100 days to get to where the president and others have assured us we will be, and that is a bounty frame when it comes to vaccines and we begin to reopen more quickly. our businesses and our schools, we must take these variants into account. “
“That is why it is essential and important that we do not lower our guard and also remove our masks when it comes to addressing the communicability of this disease that still claims thousands of lives every day, hundreds of lives lost. every day here in the state of California, ”Newsom said. “It is a deadly disease. It’s not about taking spring break. He hasn’t taken a day off since this time last year.
As Newsom spoke, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer omitted any mention of the New York variant as she ran through the list of those at stake in the region.
Ferrer said the county had seen nearly double the (still small) number of UK variant cases discovered, one case of the Brazilian variant, no cases of the South African variant and, most importantly, 239 cases of the so-called Costa West. variants. He noted that 239 of the 679 samples tested.
“We will defeat him. We will turn the proverbial page. We’re doing it, but let’s keep our eye on it as we work and we get to herd immunity. “
Newsom noted that as of Wednesday, the state’s test positivity rate dropped to 2.2%, noting that there are “only a few states in the United States with lower positivity rates than California.”
City News Service contributed to this report.