Several UK variants connected to Douglas County childcare outbreak
OMAHA, Neb. (KLKN) — An outbreak at a Nebraska childcare facility left more than half of the staff and attendees with COVID-19. On top of that, most cases were identified as the UK (B.1.1.7) variant, reports the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD).
In a recent press release, DCHD said they are “concerned because we know this variant spreads more easily than other strains of the coronavirus, potentially resulting in more cases. It also seems children are more susceptible to becoming ill from this variant, which is among several identified in Douglas County.”
DCHD says contact tracing linked more than 100 cases of COVID-19 to the childcare facility. Health officials are using this event to encourage childcare workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.