5 total cases of COVID variant reported in Michigan so far – WDIV ClickOnDetroit

YPSILANTI, Mich. – A complete of 5 circumstances of a brand new, extra contagious pressure of the coronavirus have been recognized in Michigan thus far, according to health officials.

The Washtenaw County Well being Division introduced Saturday, Jan. 23 {that a} whole of 5 circumstances of the virus variant, also referred to as B117, have been recognized in county residents.

The well being division is warning residents of potential publicity websites, the place patrons could have got here into contact with the virus variant.

People who visited the next areas on Sunday, Jan. 17 are inspired to get examined for COVID-19 instantly:

The county is providing free, drive-thru COVID PCR testing on Sunday, Jan. 24 between midday and 5 p.m. at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. people are encouraged to register for the testing online in advance, however it’s not required. Study extra here.

Michigan’s first known case of the new strain, believed to be extremely contagious and potentially more deadly, was present in a Washtenaw County lady on Jan. 16. Two additional cases were identified in two more Washtenaw County residents on Jan. 21. The three contaminated people had been reportedly in shut contact with each other, however officers say it’s unclear if any of the 5 circumstances are tied to the primary case.

“The opportunity of extra unfold of the variant is a priority,” says Juan Luis Marquez, MD, MPH, medical director with Washtenaw County Well being Division. “At this level and with the steering of the Michigan Division of Well being and Human Companies, we’re encouraging additional precautions. Search testing when you’ve got signs, have just lately been uncovered to COVID-19, or have just lately traveled to a spot the place the brand new variant is circulating. And everybody ought to be sure they’re utilizing all COVID-19 precautions constantly. This contains face masks, social distancing, hand cleansing, avoiding crowds or gatherings, and following isolation and quarantine steering.”

Extra: Michigan health officials concerned over COVID variants

The B117 variant was first recognized within the U.Ok. on the finish of 2020 and sent part of that country into a strict lockdown to assist curb virus unfold. The pressure was first recognized within the U.S. on the finish of December, first in Colorado after which California. The virus variant has reportedly made its option to a minimum of 20 states within the nation thus far.

Michigan officers believed it was doubtless that the COVID variant had already made its approach into the state previous to Jan. 16.

“We have now been warning folks for weeks that this variant would doubtless be recognized within the State of Michigan,” says Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical govt and chief deputy for well being at MDHHS. “We wish everybody to grasp that this variant is rather more simply transmitted, and there’s elevated threat of speedy unfold. Now could be the time for folks to take extra precautions and restrict any potential exposures. Put on your masks, wash your palms, keep away from gatherings, and make an appointment for a vaccine when it’s your flip. All of us have a job to play in ending this pandemic.”

Officers say it’s doubtless that greater than 5 circumstances of the B117 pressure exist in Michigan that haven’t but been found.

To assist forestall the unfold of the virus, people are inspired to proceed working towards mitigation measures together with good hygiene and frequent hand washing, masks sporting, social distancing and avoiding crowds and gatherings.

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