George Hidalgo says the highly infectious COVID-19 version has been reported in Harris County

Houston – The most contagious COVID-19 variant strand, first found in the United Kingdom, is being reported in Harris County and the state of Texas, according to Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.

Hidalgo tweeted, “We have confirmed the FIRST Texas case of the more contagious,” British ” # COVID-19 corner # B117 In Harris County. This is disturbing. With our recent trends, if we do not change our behavior now, we can be on the path of crisis. do your part.”

Harris County Public Health also confirmed the first case of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, saying it was the first known case in the county and state.

The infected patient is a person aged between 30–40 years in southwest Harris County and has no history of traveling. HCPH said the man is stable, in isolation and will not be cleared by public health officials.

HCPH epidemiologists contacted those they identified as being in close contact with the patient. Health officials are conducting an in-depth investigation with the Texas State Department of Health Services.

Based on studies in the UK, scientists believe that type B.1.1.7 is more easily transmitted than previously identified strains of the SAR.1-CoV-2 variant, but not more severe in symptoms is. They state that currently accepted vaccines are considered effective against this variant.

“The health and safety of everyone in our community is our top priority. Although a virus mutation is expected, we are closely monitoring this case and any possible contact to prevent the ongoing spread of the virus at all levels, ”Harris County Health Officer Dr. Sheri Onigo said, “The measures to prevent this stress are no different and our community should stay indoors in addition to wearing facemasks, social disturbances, testing and washing their hands frequently. We know that our community is increasing the fatigue of COVID-19, but as cases and hospitals are steadily increasing, now is not the time to knock our guards down. “

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