Utica, NY — The ommicron strain of Covid-19, which went undetected in the United States until eight days ago, has made its way into central New York.
Oneida County confirmed two cases of the ommicron variant on Monday.
Statewide, there are now 12 known cases.
Before Monday, there were seven cases in New York City and one in Suffolk County.
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Monday that two more cases have been discovered in Suffolk County, as well as two new cases in Oneida County.
The ommicron variant was first discovered in the US after a resident of San Francisco, California, tested positive for the coronavirus on Nov. 28, six days after returning from South Africa, according to news reports. Since then, the ommicron variety has continued to spread to at least 15 states across the country.
On Monday, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. issued the following brief statement: “Oneida County has confirmed to the New York State Health Department that we have two cases of COVID-19 that have tested positive for the Omicron variant. We are conducting a full investigation.”