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90 cases of COVID-19 variant discovered in prison

COVID-19
Posted at 9:55 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 21:58:13-05

IONA, Mich.  — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has identified 90 cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID variant at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia.

90 out of the 95 samples taken were found to have the variant, 88 being prisoners and two being employees. Testing was prompted after an employee was found to have the variant.

B.1.1.7 is believed to be more contagious compared to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and as soon as it was detected in the prison daily testing was enacted.

The latest information on COVID-19 is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine.