HOW, Mitch. – For the first time in Livingston County, Michigan, a case of a more contagious variant of coronavirus has been identified, officials said on Saturday.
Livingston County Department of Health said Saturday that a resident tested positive for the COVID-19 variant, known as B117, which experts say is 50 percent more portable than the dominant virus in the United States.
The health department has identified two potential COVID exposure sites associated with the variant. Anyone who visited the following sites in the following hours was asked to monitor for COVID symptoms and to isolate and test immediately if symptoms occurred:
Persons visiting the above sites should notify all close contacts of potential exposure to viruses.
“The possibility of further spreading the option is worrying,” said Juan Marquez, medical director of the Livingston County Health Department. “At this time, and with the leadership of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, we are promoting additional safeguards. Seek testing if you have symptoms, have recently been exposed to COVID-19, or have recently traveled to a place where the new version is circulating. And everyone should make sure that they use all COVID-19 precautions consistently. This includes face masks, social distancing, hand cleaning, avoiding crowds or gatherings, and following isolation and quarantine. “
On Wednesday, March 3, Michigan officials reported a total of 422 confirmed cases of the BOV7 COVID variant in the state. That number has increased from 314 cases reported six days earlier on February 24. About two-thirds of these cases involve an outbreak at a correctional facility, according to the state’s senior medical director, Dr. Johnny Haldun.
“We know that the new, more easily transmitted version of B117 is available, and if this version becomes more widespread across the country, we could see a faster increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” Haldun said.
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