First circumstances of South African COVID-19 variant detected in Arizona | Sedona.Biz

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The discovery is yet another reason for the Arizonans to act cautiously and get vaccinated

Arizona Department of Health ServicesPhoenix az (March 27, 2021) – The Arizona Department of Health (ADHD), the Maricopa County Department of Health, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) reported today that the COVID-19 variant strain B.1.351, commonly referred to as the strain The South African variant was confirmed in two state test samples.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this SARS-CoV-2 variant, which is spreading faster, was first discovered in the United States in late January. The CDC has announced that currently approved vaccines against this variant appear to be effective so far.

Viruses are typically mutated to change as they continue to spread, and new variants of a virus are expected to appear over time. Sometimes new variants appear and disappear. In other cases, new variants appear and linger. It is not known how far the variant spread in Arizona. ADHD is working with TGen and several public health laboratories and partners, including the CDC, to monitor this situation.

The discovery of this variant in the state is another reminder that Arizonans should be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. They should also take precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks, keeping 6 feet away from people outside their household, washing their hands frequently, and staying home when they are sick .

To learn more about COVID-19, please visit azdhs.gov/COVID-19.

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