Leon County Confirms UK Variant COVID Cases
Leon County Health officials have confirmed two locals have tested positive for a COVID-19 variant that stems from the United Kingdom.
In a statement, health officials say they're "priority cases." Epidemiologists are working through contact tracing procedures to identify and monitor anyone who has come in close contact with the people who have tested positive for the variant.
Officials say there is “no conclusive evidence” this strain of the virus will make people sicker, but they say it is more contagious, spreads more quickly, and currently available vaccines may be less effective against it.
“The arrival of the variant in our county is yet another reminder that the fight against this deadly virus is far from over,” DOH Leon Health Officer Claudia Blackburn said in a statement. “While more COVID-19 vaccines are on the way, supplies are still very limited. That’s why it’s critical that we all remain dedicated to following public health mitigation strategies."
Health officials urge all residents to continue efforts to stop the spread of the virus, including wearing masks, avoiding crowds and staying 6 feet apart.