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UK COVID-19 Variant found in Muskegon County

Coronavirus
Posted at 5:13 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 17:19:34-05

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — A case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 has been found in Muskegon County, according to the county health department.

The infected individual has completed their isolation and close contacts were quarantined after the initial COVID-19 diagnosis.

The B.1.1.7 variant was identified in the United Kingdom and has been found in most States in the U.S., including in Calhoun County, Kalamazoo County, Van Buren County, Eaton County, Wayne County, and Washtenaw County.

“Because of increase laboratory surveillance to detect the variant, we expected to eventually find a case in Muskegon County,” said Kathy Moore, Health Officer and Director of Public Health of Muskegon County. “It’s important for our community to know that this variant is circulating here and it spreads more easily and quickly which may lead to more cases of COVID-19.”

Any Muskegon County resident who has traveled or has possibly been exposed to an individual infected with COVID-19 is advised get tested for the virus.

Visit Michigan.gov/coronavirustest to find the nearest test site.