UK COVID-19 Variant Increasing

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) warns of an increased risk of COVID-19 variants.

COVID-19 Epidemiology: Risk of community spread of COVID-19 remains moderate-to-high throughout Connecticut.

  • CT DPH continues to work with laboratories across the state to genetically sequence SARS-CoV-2 viruses. Among those genetically sequenced, the proportion of B.1.1.7 (“UK”) variant is increasing.
  • As predicted in MMWR: Emergence of SARS- CoV-2 B.1.1.7 Lineage, 1.1.7 will likely become the predominant strain in Connecticut this month. This strain spreads more easily than the “wild-type” SARS-CoV-2 virus. All currently authorized vaccines in the U.S. have efficacy against B.1.1.7, however no vaccine is 100% effective. Masks and physical distancing are still recommended in public places, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Updates on SARS-CoV-2 variants in Connecticut will be included in the CT COVID-19 weekly reports each Thursday.
  • The majority of the of variant cases in Connecticut are identified at a laboratory at the Yale School of Public Health and are summarized here
  • While the number of variants continues to increase in CT, it is important to note that guidance and recommendations for infection control and prevention are no different for these variants than the original strain.

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Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home

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