First UK COVID variant found in Lancaster County
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The first case of the U.K. or B.1.1.7, COVID-19 variant has been identified in Lancaster County. The individual is a man in his 20’s.
This is the second COVID variant found in Lancaster County, with B.1.429, or the California variant found late February.
Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) is still investigating the case.
Current data suggests that the COVID-19 vaccines do protect against variants, but the research is still ongoing.
“Variants can spread more easily and quickly, and they can lead to more cases of COVID-19. We want to continue to take preventive actions to control the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in our community, which include getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it’s available to you,” said Health Director Pat Lopez.