The first case of a COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in Massachusetts, DPH says

Massachusetts now has its first confirmed case of the COVID-19 variant, according to state health officials. The state health department announced on Sunday that the first case of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 had been discovered in Bay State, which is the same variant that was originally discovered in the UK, state health officials say . “Given the increased portability of this variant and the number of states and other countries that have found infected cases, the department expected the variant to arrive in Massachusetts eventually,” reads a statement from the Massachusetts DPH. “Measures to reduce public health risk remain the same. Individuals must continue to wear masks or face covers while in public, maintain 6 feet social distance, stay home when sick, and get tested if you have symptoms or are identified as having close contact. “The person who tested positive is a 20-year-old Boston woman, according to the DPH and the Boston Public Health Commission. The DPH says the woman got sick the day after she returned to the US. She had tested negative for COVID-19 before leaving the UK, but had tested positive for COVID-19 when she returned. According to the DPH, a genetic sample was sent to a non-governmental laboratory as part of the U.S. centers for the established disease control and prevention surveillance process to identify COVID-19 variants. The State Public Health Laboratory was informed of the positive results of the variant on Saturday evening. According to a statement from the BPHC, the woman returned to Boston on January 3 and had a layover of about two hours at Logan International Airport before traveling to another state. She remains outside of Massachusetts and is currently asymptomatic. “The Infectious Disease Bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission is working closely with our partners in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to conduct a thorough case study,” the BPHC said. “The health and wellbeing of all Boston residents remains our number one priority. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and continue to monitor the city’s COVID-19 metrics.” The DPH says the woman was interviewed by contact tracers at the time the contact was made, the first positive result was obtained and close contacts were identified. She will be interviewed again by public health officials after the variant is identified as the cause of the disease. According to the DPH, surveillance tests for variant B.1.1.7 were carried out at the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory in collaboration with clinical diagnostic laboratories and academic partners. Monitoring consists of genomic sequencing of portions of COVID-19 positive samples. To date, the CDC has reported 88 cases from 14 US states. According to the CDC, there is no evidence that variant B.1.1.7 causes more serious illness or increased risk of death, but it is known to spread more easily and faster than other COVID-19 variants. “A higher transfer rate will lead to more cases and could potentially lead to a burden on our health system. Therefore it is important we all remain vigilant and do all that we can to stop the spread of the virus to stop,” reads the BPHC statement.PHNjcmlwdCBpZD0iaW5mb2dyYW1fMF85MTUyMTg3My03NmRhLTQ0ZmUtOTA0Ny1mMTllZWFlZGFjNmQiIHRpdGxlPSJDb3JvbmF2aXJ1cyBpbiBNYXNzYWNodXNldHRzIiBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vZS5pbmZvZ3JhbS5jb20vanMvZGlzdC9lbWJlZC5qcz9yeXoiIHR5cGU9InRleHQvamF2YXNjcmlwdCI + PC9zY3JpcHQ +

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Massachusetts now has its first confirmed case of the COVID-19 variant, according to state health officials.

The state health department announced on Sunday that the first case of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 had been discovered in Bay State.

In this case, it is the same variant that was originally discovered in the UK.

“Given the increased portability of this variant and the number of states and other countries where infected cases have been identified, the ministry expected the variant to arrive in Massachusetts at some point,” a statement from the Massachusetts DPH said. “Measures to reduce public health risk remain the same. Individuals must continue to wear masks or face covers while in public, maintain 6 feet social distance, stay home when sick, and get tested if you have symptoms or are identified as having close contact. “

The person who tested positive is a 20-year-old Bostonian, according to the DPH and the Boston Public Health Commission.

The DPH says the woman got sick the day after she returned to the US. She had tested negative for COVID-19 before leaving the UK, but had tested positive for COVID-19 when she returned.

As part of the established surveillance process at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a genetic sample was sent to a non-governmental laboratory to identify variants of COVID-19, according to the DPH. The State Public Health Laboratory was informed of the positive results of the variant on Saturday evening.

A statement from the BPHC said the woman returned to Boston on January 3 and spent about two hours at Logan International Airport before traveling to another state. She remains outside of Massachusetts and is currently asymptomatic.

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“The Boston Public Health Commission’s Infectious Disease Bureau is working closely with our partners in the Massachusetts Department of Health to conduct a thorough case study,” said the BPHC’s statement. “The health and well-being of all Boston residents remains our number one priority. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and continue to monitor the city’s COVID-19 metrics.”

According to the DPH, at the time of the first positive result, the woman was interviewed by contact tracers and close contacts were identified. She will be interviewed again by public health officials after the variant is identified as the cause of the disease.

According to the DPH, surveillance tests for variant B.1.1.7 were carried out at the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory in collaboration with clinical diagnostic laboratories and academic partners. Monitoring consists of genomic sequencing of portions of COVID-19 positive samples.

So far, the CDC has reported 88 cases from 14 US states.

According to the CDC, there is no evidence that variant B.1.1.7 causes a more severe illness or an increased risk of death. However, it is known to spread easier and faster than other COVID-19 variants.

“A higher rate of transmission leads to more cases and can potentially put a strain on our health system. So it is important that we all remain vigilant and do everything we can to stop the spread of this virus,” the BPHC statement said.

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