First case of COVID-19 variant from South Africa found in Michigan

Collaborator: Rachael Schuit
Published: 03/09/2021, 10:36 PM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 3:00 PM
(JACKSON COUNTY, Mich.) The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) says the COVID-19 variant from South Africa is now in Michigan. On Monday MDHHS said the variant B.1.351 had been found in a male child living in Jackson County. This variant was discovered in South Africa back in October. Health officials believe this variant is more contagious. “We are concerned about the discovery of another variant in Michigan, although it was not unexpected,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “We continue to urge Michiganders to follow a research-based approach by wearing their masks properly, socially distancing, avoiding crowds, washing their hands often, and making a plan to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine once it is their turn. We all have a personal responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and end this pandemic as quickly as possible.” Health officials are currently working to notify any potential close contacts connected to this case.


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