A Long Island resident has the primary recognized case of the South African coronavirus variant in New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated Sunday.

The mutated model of COVID-19 was detected in a Nassau County resident, the governor stated in a information launch.

The announcement got here every week after a Connecticut resident hospitalized in New York City was discovered to have the variant.

The pressure, initially recognized in South Africa, was first found within the US final month — and scientists consider it could possibly unfold extra simply than different virus variants.

It’s arrival within the Empire State means “it’s extra vital than ever for New Yorkers to remain vigilant, put on masks, wash fingers and keep socially distanced,” Cuomo stated.

“We are in a race proper now — between our capability to vaccinate and these variants that are actively attempting to proliferate — and we are going to solely win that race if we keep good and disciplined,” he stated.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran additionally urged residents to proceed to take precautions.

“We don’t consider the South African variant is extra lethal, however it could be extra contagious,” Curran stated in a press release. “The finest response is to proceed the tried and true precautions: sporting masks, avoiding social gatherings, distancing, staying residence and getting examined when sick.”

Meanwhile, the state’s newest COVID-19 numbers continued to point out a downward development in hospitalizations and deaths after a spike across the vacation season.

Fewer than 5,800 sufferers had been hospitalized with the virus on Saturday, down greater than 800 from every week earlier.

Officials recorded 75 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, the primary time since Dec. 16 that the every day dying toll was underneath 100.

Cuomo additionally introduced that the state’s COVID-19 positivity fee was at 2.99 %, dropping under 3 % for the primary time since Nov. 23.

“We proceed to see a discount in positivity and hospitalizations all through the state, which is nice information, and this progress is permitting us to reopen the valve on our financial system even additional,” Cuomo stated.

With Post wires