UK Variant found in Washington County

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One case of the UK variant of COVID-19 was found in Washington County, the Three Rivers Public Health Department announced Wednesday.

Two other cases were found in Dodge County.

This variant spreads more easily than other strains of the coronavirus.

“We know that two of our three cases were tied to larger unmasked events and we want to remind individuals to stay home when sick, avoid large indoor crowds, wear masks in public and seek a COVID-19 vaccine when able,” said Terra Uhing, executive director at Three Rivers Public Health Department.

To date within Dodge County, there have been five cases of the B.1.1.7 variant and one case of the B.1.429 variant identified and within Washington County there has been one case of the B.1.1.7 variant identified.

More than 30,000 have been vaccinated within the health district.

“I am happy to report that collectively together Methodist Fremont Health, Memorial Community Hospital and Health System, Saunders Medical Center, Ashland Pharmacy, Scribner Drugstore and Three Rivers have administered 32,997 of COVID-19 vaccine doses within the health district," Uhing said. "This is our second week of offering vaccinations to 18 years of age and older within the district. If you see an opening please sign up for the shot.”

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