HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - Thursday, Harris County Public Health confirmed the first case of the COVID-19 variant in Harris County.
Harris County Public Health reports the man is between the ages of 30-40 years old in southwest Harris County and has no travel history. He is recovering in isolation as epidemiologists are identifying, notifying, and quarantining all close contacts.
The B.1.1.7 variant is the same that was discovered in the United Kingdom. Based on studies from the UK, scientists believe the variant to be more easily transmitted than previously identified strains, but no more severe in symptoms. Currently approved vaccines are thought to be effective against this variant.
“Though mutations of a virus are expected, we are closely monitoring this case and any potential contacts to prevent the ongoing spread of the virus at all levels,” said Dr. Sherri Onyiego, health authority for Harris County, “The prevention measures for this strain are no different and our community should continue staying home in addition to wearing facemasks, social distancing , getting tested, and washing your hands frequently.”