The first case of the UK’s COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.7, was found in a Washtenaw County woman, according to a press release issued by the Michigan State Police (MSP) on Saturday.
The woman, who has a case of the new variant of COVID-19, is believed to have recently traveled to England, where the variant originated.
The first new Michigan case # COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.7. identified in adult women living in Washtenaw County by the MDHHS Laboratory Bureau today. For more information, visit https://t.co/OikoXPJs3N. https://t.co/jA6PGnmeVF
– Michigan HHS Department (@MichiganHHS) January 16, 2021
.@Jogja_lowker identified the first Michigan case of the new COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.7. in Washtenaw County. This person recently traveled to Great Britain, where this variant originated. Read more at https://t.co/6A8n1O786I & find the newest # COVID-19 news on https://t.co/niRBexCYOy. pic.twitter.com/e9MDauylUP
Two new cases have also been found in close contact with the individual, who has been notified of the discovery and is currently in quarantine.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Bureau of Laboratories identified a variant in Michigan on Saturday, which is believed to be more contagious.
There is no indication that it affects the clinical outcome or disease severity compared with normal coronavirus strains; However, higher transmission rates could see more people hospitalized or increase the number of those who die from the virus if a new variant becomes widespread.
Based on available evidence, current tests and vaccines for normal strains will also work against new variants, as well as current protective measures.
#WearAMask with 2 or more layers of cloth over your nose and mouth to help slow the spread # COVID-19. Make sure it fits the side of your face. Fold the leg protectors to make 2 layers & take steps to prevent the glasses from fogging. More about masks: https://t.co/iOQv5OMdKA. pic.twitter.com/aFKW82Wpo2
– CDC (@CDCgov) January 16, 2021
MSP recommends that Michiganders should:
- Getting vaccinated against COVID-19
- Wearing a mask around other people
- Stay 6 feet apart from the others
- Wash your hands frequently
- Indoor space ventilation
For more information on the virus, visit the state website at michigan.gov/coronavirus.
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