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NC reported first case of highly contagious COVID-19 variant :: WRAL.com

NC reported first case of highly contagious COVID-19 variant :: WRAL.com

– The first case of a highly contagious COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has identified the first case of the variant in an adult in Mecklenburg County.

The COVID variant, named B.1.1.7, has been detected. , Debuted in the UK in December.

According to officials, 195 cases of the COVID variant have been reported in 21 states as of January 22.

“Early data indicate that this variant may be more contagious than the others,” the NCDHHS said in a statement.

The current COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be effective against the new variant, according to officials.

“Although anticipated, this identification of this type of COVID-19 in North Carolina is worrisome, especially at the same time that we’re already seeing very large numbers of cases,” said Mandy Cohen, NCDHHS Secretary.

She said, “It’s more important than ever to practice 3Ws.”

cleaning hands. Wear a mask. Wait 6 feet away.

State health officials advise people to stay home except for essential activities and to avoid gathering, especially indoors, with people who do not live with you.

If you must travel or be with people you don’t live with, take the test beforehand, keep size small outdoors and always wear a mask.

And of course, get an appointment to get a vaccine when it becomes available for you.

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