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Three more confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in New York state; all three are from NYC

Credit: Gov. Hochul's Office
Credit: Gov. Hochul's Office

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) - Gov. Kathy Hochul on Saturday announced the detection of three more confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in New York state, for a total now of eight confirmed cases.

All three of the new cases are from New York City, for a total of seven NYC residents and one from Suffolk County confirmed to have that Omicron variant.

Hochul said that so far, the cases appear to be unrelated.

"We knew the Omicron variant was coming and we expect to see more cases. But let me be clear: We are not defenseless," Hochul said. "We have the tools to help prevent the spread of this deadly virus: Get your vaccine, get your booster, and wear your mask. Let's use these tools to protect ourselves and our loved ones as we approach the holidays."

New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said, "The Omicron variant is here, and as anticipated we are seeing the beginning of community spread. We continue to work closely with our partners at the national, state, and local levels. At this time, we do not know how quickly Omicron will spread or how severe the symptoms of Omicron will be. What we are seeing is that the rise of cases across New York State continues to be traced to the Delta variant."

Hochul said that New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Laboratory continues to monitor COVID-19 virus samples selected throughout the state to help identify circulating and new variants, including Omicron.