3 people infected with U.K. coronavirus variant in Fresno County – KFSN-TV

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN)– Health authorities say they have discovered the first recognized cases of the U.K. coronavirus variation in Fresno County.In a media instruction on Friday afternoon, the Fresno County Department of Public Health authorities stated they were informed by the state three people have tested positive for the U.K. coronavirus version, or “B. 1.1.7″ as its officially understood.”In many methods, its like were in the first few months of the pandemic all over once again,” stated Fresno County Health Officer Dr. Rais Vohra.Health department contact tracers have actually already connected to all of individuals infected with the alternative and are working to separate people they might have entered into contact with.B.1.1.7 is among the so-called “variants of issue” and was found to be 40 to 80 percent more transmissible. It was very first found in the United Kingdom where it spread rapidly and triggered a considerable increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.”We do not know if this is the dominant strain,” Dr. Vohra said. “Certainly thats the worry – if this becomes a dominant strain that this will actually create a genuine backslide in regards to our ability to take care of individuals.”Health officials stated this coronavirus variant not only spreads out more quickly than others, however its also more lethal. They acknowledged the three cases are most likely “just the suggestion of the iceberg,” and there are probably a lot more cases of these variant pressures triggering COVID cases in Fresno County.Dr. Vohra stated case rates were going down, but he stated theyre now beginning to plateau, which he blames, partly, on the variants.Health officias stated vaccinations will assist avoid even more spread out, but theyre also asking locals to continue taking precautions.Vohra stated, “Dont pull down your guard. Were still in the purple or the widespread neighborhood spread tier here in Fresno County compared to the rest of the state. We still have just a lot of infections that are being reported every single day.”Research is still underway about how reliable each of the vaccines protests the UK variant, but experts believe they all help safeguard individuals from getting very sick.County health authorities say so even more than 320,000 vaccine dosages have been administered in Fresno County and 39,000 more dosages to get here next week.
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