UK COVID-19 variant found in Van Buren County

Posted at 4:59 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 17:21:18-05

HARTFORD, Mich. — A person with the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19 was identified in Van Buren County late Sunday evening .

The SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 variant is believed to have come from the United Kingdom and has since been detected in many countries and states.

The first Michigan case of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant was identified in Washtenaw County in January.

Further details about this person are not yet known, and the investigation is ongoing.

Van Buren/Cass District Health Department (VBCDHD) is asking individuals to continue to take precautions against COVID-19, especially as new variants of the virus that cause COVID-19 become more prevalent.

These important precautions include: ·

-Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 when available and eligible
-Wearing a mask around others
-Staying six feet apart from others
-Washing hands often
-Ventilating indoor spaces

Additional Resources regarding this new variant of COVID-19 can be found here.