CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Dr. Jennifer Forrester, an infectious disease expert at UC Health, discussed the COVID-19 variants like the one found in Hamilton County at a press conference on Wednesday.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, there are 72,486 cases and 944 deaths.
On Monday, Hamilton County Public Health said a UK variant of COVID-19 was found from a test that was taken on Jan. 30.
The UK variant was “detected during routine surveillance of tests submitted to the CDC,” according to Hamilton County Public Health.
The person who was found to have the variant has “resolved symptoms and cleared the standard isolation period,” Hamilton County Public Health says.
The contact tracing on the person has been completed, they say.
Hamilton County is now one of 11 Ohio counties known to have a COVID-19 variant detected, officials say.
“We’ve known about these variants for some time,” Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said. “From a prevention standpoint, the response remains the same: wear a mask; maintain at least six feet of physical distance; wash hands often, and stay home when you are ill. Also, consider taking vaccine when you are eligible.”
The UK variant does have an increased chance of being transferred from person to person, according to the CDC.
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