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UK COVID-19 Strain Detected In Ontario County

Written by on February 26, 2021

According to Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza, the UK strain of the coronavirus has made its way to Ontario county.


Kate Ott, Deputy Public Health Director for Ontario County, confirmed the report, also adding that the UK case is not new – the strain was identified through the New York State Department of Health random surveillance program that double checks each case for variants.

Ott said that the case was identified as a strain this week, but the individual it infected finished their quarantine sometime in mid February and had fully recovered.

During his weekly coronavirus briefing, Dr. Mendoza said this about the strain hitting the Finger Lakes Region:

“It’s no surprise — I would be surprised if the U.K. strain isn’t already here in Monroe County, so my advice is, it’s here. It’s no surprise, we just have to take our precautions. We’re watching this very closely,” Dr. Mendoza said. “I think this is the reason why you need to go back and remember that behavior matters, wearing your mask matters, staying away from large gatherings matters, and that getting the vaccine matters — because all of the evidence suggests that these vaccines are effective against these variants.”


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