Virginia well being officers confirmed final week that the state had detected its first case of the South African coronavirus variant. The case was confirmed in an grownup resident of Eastern Virginia, and officers have been working to evaluate the particular person’s journey historical past.
The variant has additionally been detected in South Carolina and Maryland, and is extra transmissible than the opposite coronavirus strains. The state realized concerning the case by testing performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“CDC notified Virginia of the case that was recognized by these efforts at a business laboratory,” an announcement from the Virginia Health Department stated. “In addition to this case of the B.1.351 variant, 4 circumstances of the SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 variant have now been recognized in Virginia. With the mixed state and nationwide surveillance efforts, it’s possible that further circumstances with SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern might be recognized.”
Health officers stated it’s “essential that every one Virginians comply now with mitigation measures,” because the state races to cease the unfold of the variants.
“The extra those that turn out to be contaminated, the larger that likelihood the virus will mutate and a variant will come up that would undermine the present vaccination efforts,” officers stated.
Virginia is at the moment vaccinating residents who fall into both Phase 1a or Phase 1b classes together with frontline important staff, individuals ages 65 and older and people ages 16-64 with an underlying medical situation. People in correctional amenities, homeless shelters and migrant labor camps are additionally eligible underneath Phase 1b. The state will subsequent transfer onto vaccinating different important staff categorized as Phase 1c, though it’s not clear when.
The state has administered over 1.1 million doses of vaccine, with almost 207,000 residents absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19.