LA County Department of Public Health Confirms First Variant Case of COVID-19 in Los Angeles – NBC Los Angeles

LA County Department of Public Health Confirms First Variant Case of COVID-19 in Los Angeles - NBC Los Angeles

Los Angeles County surpassed one million coronavirus cases today, with authorities reporting 14,669 new COVID-19 cases and 253 more deaths, bringing the county’s total to 1,003,923 cases and 13,741 deaths. The county public health department has also confirmed the first case of variant B.1.1.7 of COVID-19, the same variant discovered in the UK, in an individual who recently spent time in Los Angeles County. .

The individual is a man who traveled to Oregon, where he is currently isolating himself. The variant has been confirmed by Quest Laboratories in Washington State. Although this is the first confirmed case of the variant in Los Angeles County, public health officials believe the new, more contagious strain is already spreading in the community and are continuing to test samples.

“The presence of the British variant in Los Angeles County is troubling, as our healthcare system is already under heavy strain with over 7,500 people…

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