NEW YORK – Additional cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant were detected in New York on Monday.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the news, saying two of the latest cases were found upstate, in Oneida County, and the other two were in Long Island’s Suffolk County; bringing the state’s tally up to 12.
Hochul says none of the latest cases was related to a three-day anime festival in New York City in November, where a Minnesota man who later tested positive for the variant attended.
Three cases of the variant were announced over the weekend, which at the time brought the number of cases in the Big Apple to seven on top of the previously confirmed case out on Long Island.
While the emergence of the variant flooded headlines for the last two weeks, health officials say the delta strain of the virus is the one driving up hospitalizations across the state.