(WXYZ) – The COVID-19 variant that is believed to be more contagious is now found in Michigan.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services states that B.1.1.7. A Washtenaw County woman was found in it. Officials say the woman recently traveled to the United Kingdom, where this version was first identified.
Contact tracing has been conducted and individuals who had close contact with the woman have been identified and are in quarantine. Two people who have had contact with the woman have tested positive for COVID-19, but it is not yet known whether this is the new strain.
While B.1.1.7. The variant has been found to be more contagious, so far there has been no indication that it causes more serious cases of the virus.
“This edition is subject to discovery, but not unexpected, in Michigan,” said Dr. Medical Chief and Chief Deputy Director for Health at MDHHS in a news release. Jong Khaldun said. “We all have a personal responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19 and end this epidemic as soon as possible. We urge mixiganders to wear their masks properly, to avoid social disturbances, crowds, to wash their hands frequently and to get a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine once their turn comes. Insist on making plans. “
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