NEW YORK (PIX11) – Health officials are sounding the alarm about a new COVID-19 variant that has popped up in New York City.

The new COVID-19 strain, BA.2.86, has been found in city sewage. It’s the same strain that’s been spreading across the U.S.

The state also said that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise statewide. Officials are encouraging everyone who is eligible to get the updated vaccine when it becomes available next month.

Officials are investigating to see if the new variant is more dangerous than previous ones.