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Cuomo call on N.Y. hospitals to test for COVID variant from U.K.

Cuomo call on N.Y. hospitals to test for COVID variant from U.K.
Cuomo, who a day earlier worked out a deal with airlines requiring travelers from England report a negative coronavirus test before flying to the Empire State, said he believes the new strain is likely already in the U.S.

“If the variant is here, I want to know, because that would be problematic,” Cuomo said Tuesday during a phone briefing with reporters.Cuomo said officials will work with hospitals to ensure that they have the tools needed to complete the more complex testing method and contact tracing could help track the spread.Cuomo, meanwhile, said hospital capacity remains the biggest concern as cases rise across the state and around the nation and vaccination efforts ramp up.Cuomo is calling on New York hospitals and labs to specifically test for a new highly contagious COVID mutation found in the United Kingdom.

into New York voluntarily agreed with the governor’s request to ensure passengers test negative for COVID-19 before crossing the Atlantic.More than 50,000 New Yorkers have received initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines so far as nursing home residents and staff remain the state’s top priority.

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