COVID-19 variant from India identified in Lancaster County resident

Health officials in Nebraska have confirmed the state's first case of the B.1.617 variant of COVID-19. 
COVID-19 Variants

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Health officials in Nebraska have confirmed the state’s first case of the B.1.617 variant of COVID-19.

The variant, which originated in India, was identified in a Lancaster County resident.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) says the person was linked to international travelers.

The investigation is ongoing.

DHHS says the B.1.617 variant appears to be spreading in the United States in recent weeks, but it is not accounting for a substantial proportion of variants identified nationally.

A total of 875 variants of concern have been identified in the cornhusker state. More than 85% have been classified as the UK variant.

 

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