WATCH LIVE: Health officials discuss new variant of COVID-19 found in King County

WATCH LIVE: Health officials discuss new variant of COVID-19 found in King County

The B.1.351 variant of the coronavirus initially identified in South Africa was found by genomic sequencing at the UW medical virology laboratory.

KING COUNTY, Washington – A variant of COVID-19 initially discovered in South Africa was detected in a patient in King County on February 22.

The patient first tested positive for COVID-19 on January 29. The variant was identified by genomic sequencing at the UW Medical Virology Laboratory.

The person’s travel history was not available because the person “could not be reached through contact tracing efforts.” However, they were given “proper advice” for the next steps and the appropriate precautions.

King County health official Dr Jeff Duchin said efforts are continuing to contact the person, but at this point he is not aware of anything that could be done as so long is ‘has passed since the patient tested positive.

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