There are five labs altogether in the state of New York that will help test Covid-19 variants and two are located locally.
One is in Central New York at SUNY Upstate and the other at Cornell University.
The goal is to monitor the circulation of variants in the state, as well as trying to understand the variants enough to try to get ahead of the spread.
The studies could even identify newer variants so they don’t spread the way Delta has.
The data will be reported to the state every two weeks after testing a sequence of positive cases.
While it may not help the attempts of officials to require vaccinations, it will help influence the decisions of individuals who are on the fence about it, providing additional information on top of what they already have.