Contagious coronavirus variant identified in MI

  • Contagious coronavirus variant identified in MI

Contagious coronavirus variant identified in MI

Michigan reported 2,598 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 more deaths since Thursday, according to the latest statistics from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. At this time, two new Covid cases have been identified from close contacts with the woman, but it's unknown if the variant infected them. The number of people who have reportedly died due to complications with the coronavirus grew past 2 million Friday, while the number of COVID-19 recoveries grew to over 67 million. Almost 400,000 people in the US have died due to COVID-19.

The state's chief medical executive, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, called the news "concerning, but not unexpected".

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has released a tentative timeline which details when each phase of vaccinations will begin, thereby allowing the remaining segments of the population an opportunity to be inoculated. "We all have a personal responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and end this pandemic as quickly as possible".

While the woman is the only known case in the state, it is possible there are more that have not been identified.

The new strain is believed to be more contagious than others, though so far there's no indication that it leads to worse outcomes. Additionally, current vaccines for COVID-19 will also work against the variant.

Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. MDHHS's Bureau of Laboratories is a national leader in whole genome sequencing for SARS CoV2.

13, 415,079 people have recovered from the virus, according to the MDHHS.

A new mutated form of the coronavirus that's 50% more transmissible than the original and raised alarm after emerging in the United Kingdom has arrived in MI, according to the state's health department.