COVID Variant Spreading In Minnesota

Before you read this......I want to offer some positive news too!

We're LEADING the nation in vaccines delivery AND 2 days ago was the first day in a LOOOOONG time without a COVID death. SO, it's not all negative......

BUT this is worthy of your attention

A more contagious variant of the coronavirus is likely transmitting widely throughout Minnesota, according to members of the Minnesota Department of Health. 
The B.1.1.7 variant, first discovered in the United Kingdom, has now been confirmed through genome sequencing in nearly 500 Minnesotans who tested positive for COVID-19, and that's likely just a small piece of the puzzle. 
"We have now identified 479 cases of this variant. We estimated that 50-65% of Covid-positive specimens tested Mar. 16-20 were B.1.1.7. This is an increase compared with specimens tested Mar. 10-15 in which 38-44% of those specimens were estimated to be B.1.1.7," said Dr. Ruth Lynfield, state epidemiologist, during a Tuesday press call. 


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