Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced Wednesday there are currently 42 known cases of the highly-contagious UK variant statewide across nine counties and New York City.
“We don’t know what exactly what is going on with the new strains. And the concept of not knowing is very troubling for me,” Cuomo continued.
So far, the state has collected roughly 2,800 samples for genomic testing since early December, Zucker added.
Cuomo noted how the real “nightmare scenario” is not necessarily community spread of this new variant, but evidence of a vaccine-resistant viral mutation.
Nevertheless, the governor reiterated that the state will change its policies based on the present facts.
“If the facts change, I have no problem looking the people in the eye and saying ‘the facts changed, our plan has to change,’” he said.