PORTLAND, Ore-- Today, January 23, 2021, the Oregon Health Authority released new information that a second person has tested positive for the new United Kingdom variant of the coronavirus.
The Oregon Health Authority was notified yesterday that a person in Yamhill County tested positive with the variant COVID-19 virus strain. According to officials, the person has no known travel history.
This is the second known case in Oregon of the United Kingdom variant strain, also known as strain B.1.1.7 or SARS-CoV-2 VOC 202012/01. State and county public health officials are investigating the possible sources of infection. The strain has been detected in several states.
From what we know so far, the strain is considered to be more contagious than all of the other strains of Covid-19.
To help stop/slow the spread of coronavirus and this new strain across Oregon, the OHA recommends that all Oregonians follow these steps:
• Maintain six feet of physical distance;
• Wear a face covering when outside the house;
• Practice good hand hygiene;
• Avoid any gatherings with people you don’t live with;
• People who experience symptoms — even mild ones — are urged to consult with a medical provider quickly to get instructions on how to care for yourself and your household members and whether to get tested.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, multiple variants of Covid-19 have been reported and documented in the United States and across the globe.
For more information on the new variant you can head to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.