Houston The strand of a highly contagious COVID-19 variant, first found in the UK, has been reported in Harris County and Texas, according to Harris County Judge Lena Hidalgo.
Hidalgo tweeted, “We have confirmed the first case in Texas of infection, ‘British’ # COVID19 coast # B117 In Harris County. This is troubling. Along with our recent trends, we may be on our way to a crisis if we don’t change our behavior now. Do your part. “
New: We have confirmed the first case in Texas of the most contagious disease, the “British” # COVID19 coast # B117 In Harris County. This is troubling. Along with our recent trends, we may be on our way to a crisis if we don’t change our behavior now. Do your part.
– Lina Hidalgo (@LinaHidalgoTX) January 7, 2021
Harris County Public Health Authority also confirmed the first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, saying it is the first known case in the county and state.
The affected patient is a man between 30 and 40 years old in southwest Harris County with no travel history. HCPH said the man is in stable condition, in isolation and will remain in quarantine until cleared by public health officials.
HCPH epidemiologists have contacted people who have determined they have had close contact with the patient. Health officials are conducting a thorough investigation jointly with the Texas Department of Health.
Based on studies conducted in the United Kingdom, scientists believe that the B.1.1.7 variant is more easily transmitted than the predetermined strains of the SARS-CoV-2 variant but is not more severe in symptoms. They say that the currently approved vaccines are believed to be effective against this variant.
“The health and safety of everyone in our community remains our top priority. Although mutations in the virus are expected, we are closely monitoring this situation and any potential contacts to prevent the continued spread of the virus at all levels,” said Dr. Sherry Onyigo, County Health Authority Harris, “Prevention measures for this strain are no different, and our society must continue to stay at home in addition to wearing face masks, social distancing, getting tested, and washing your hands frequently. We know that our society is getting more and more stressed for COVID-19, but with increasing frequency. Cases and hospitalizations steadily, now is not the time to let our guard down. “
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