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Kansas Reports Case of U.K. COVID Variant That May Be More Deadly



Kansas – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) said an investigation had been launched to determine how the person was infected by the variant called B.1.1.7., and if others had been exposed after a resident in Ellis County fell ill.

Lee Norman, secretary of the KDHE, said in a statement: “This finding does not change our public health recommendations. We continue to encourage people to take the appropriate precautions: follow isolation and quarantine recommendations, practice physical distancing and good hygiene, wear masks, stay home if ill and get the vaccine if you are able to once the supply is sufficient.”

Since the first U.S. case of B.1.1.7 was reported in Colorado last December, 541 cases have been detected in 33 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Florida and California have the highest number of B.1.1.7 cases, a 186 and 127, respectively. As shown by the Statista graphic below that was created on February 1, the U.S. is the country with the most known COVID cases, with the U.K. in fourth position.