Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the B.1.1.7 COVID variant, generally often known as the UK variant as a result of first being found in the UK, has proven up in Hamilton County. To date, solely 11 instances of the variant have been present in Ohio.
Concerning the county’s solely case, Well being Commissioner Greg Kesterman stated the contaminated individual was positioned in isolation amongst discovery however has since been launched after now not exhibiting signs.
He additionally stated reviews have proven that the vaccine will likely be efficient in opposition to the variant. Dr. Jennifer Forester with UC Well being stated till many of the public is vaccinated, individuals ought to proceed following tips to battle in opposition to COVID unfold.
“Persevering with with our vigilance not solely protects ourselves and one another from probably severe illness, however actually truly stops variants of their tracks,” Forester stated.
Final month, the variant was found in Northern Kentucky. Hamilton County is at the moment coping with roughly 5,000 energetic COVID instances.
Prior to now week, 31 new deaths from COVID-19 had been reported in Hamilton County. Commissioner Denise Driehaus stated deaths are a lagging indicator, however one indicator of deaths are how many individuals are on respirators within the area’s hospitals.
“Right this moment, there are 68,” Driehaus stated. “Every week in the past, there have been 90.”
Greater than 1,000 new COVID instances had been additionally confirmed. Greater than 72,000 individuals in Hamilton County have been contaminated with COVID-19 through the pandemic.