RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Division of Well being (VDH) introduced Friday that the primary circumstances of the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7 have been recognized in samples from three grownup residents of Southwest Virginia.
The three residents had no historical past of journey throughout their publicity durations, in keeping with the VDH. VDH investigated all three circumstances and their shut contacts and managed them appropriately.
The B.1.1.7 variant first emerged in the UK in late 2020. To this point, the B.1.1.7 variant has been recognized in 44 different U.S. states or jurisdictions.
Virginia has now recognized a complete of 20 circumstances of the B.1.1.7 variant and three circumstances of the B.1.351 variant (first recognized in South Africa).
VDH officers say public well being suggestions, corresponding to sporting masks appropriately, staying at the least six toes from others, avoiding crowds, washing fingers typically, getting vaccinated, and staying house if you’re contaminated with COVID-19 or when you have had shut contact with somebody with COVID-19 will work for all variants.
For extra details about COVID-19 variants, go to the VDH COVID-19 Testing web site and the CDC New COVID-19 Variants web site.
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