By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) has confirmed that the B.1.1.7 variant, aka the “U.K. variant” of COVID-19, has been detected in the state. The findings were verified by an out-of-state commercial laboratory. Thus far, there have been two identified cases of the variant, and neither patient was hospitalized, and both have since recovered.

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“This variant is something our Department and partners have been closely monitoring,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health. “I continue to encourage South Dakotans to practice good hygiene, get tested if they produce COVID-like symptoms, and get vaccinated as soon as your turn becomes available.” 

Notably, current COVID-19 vaccines have proven safe and effective against this variant. Proper hygiene is always important – wash your hands regularly, stay home when you are sick, and wear a mask when it is appropriate.

As of Mar. 11, the CDC has reported 3700 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant from 48 states and Washington DC and Puerto Rico.