By NewsDesk @bactiman63
In a follow-up report from earlier this week in California, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reported three new cases of the United Kingdom variant of COVID-19, also known as B.1.1.7. by whole genome sequencing Thursday.
The three newly-confirmed variant cases reported were confirmed by by Scripps Research.
The new cases of the UK strain were found in men, two in their 40s and one in his 50s. Contact tracing shows two men did not travel outside of the county while the third case has yet to be fully interviewed. None of the men had any known interaction with each other or the other confirmed case.
A household contact of the first local B.1.1.7. strain case reported Wednesday has been hospitalized for COVID-19, with whole genome sequencing pending.
The discovery of the additional cases leads County Health Officials to believe that the new strain of the virus is widespread in the community. The four individuals who have tested positive for the B.1.1.7. strain live in La Mesa, Mission Beach, Otay Mesa and the Carmel Mountain/Rancho Bernardo area.
“We believe that many more cases of the B. 1.1.7. strain will be confirmed in the coming days and weeks,” said Eric McDonald, M.D., M.P.H., medical director of the County Epidemiology and Immunizations Services branch. “This strain of the virus has been reported to be spread more easily in the UK and so it is therefore crucial that now, more than ever before in this pandemic, we follow the public health orders and keep each other safe.”
In light of the high case numbers and new strain being detected in the region, County health officials urge San Diegans to:
- Wash your hands
- Wear a mask
- Keep your distance from others and leave your household only for essential activities
- If you’re sick, get tested, and then stay home and isolate yourself
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