PORTLAND, Ore. – The first cases of a new variant of COVID-19 have been identified in Oregon.
The Oregon Health Authority became aware of the discovery on Friday. The case is a Multnomah County resident with no known travel history. Health officials are working to determine the source of the infection.
The new strain of COVID-19 was initially detected in the United Kingdom. Since then it has been detected in several US states, including California.
“The detection of a first case of this type of variant is worrying, and we have been monitoring the movement of this strain,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state health officer and epidemiologist at the OHA. “As we learn more about these cases and the individuals who have tested positive for this disease, OHA continues to promote effective public health measures, including wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing, staying at home, washing hands, and avoiding gatherings and travel. “
More information continues to be revealed regarding this new strain as well as other variants first discovered in South Africa.
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