More Contagious COVID-19 Virus Is Infecting San Diego

Health officials announced on Tuesday, that the more contagious strain of COVID-19, known as B.1.1.7, has been diagnosed in San Diego County.

This new variant, which emanated from the United Kingdom, has so far been identified in 28 confirmed cases and another 4 probable cases throughout the county of San Diego. The cases include 16 men and 16 women from the areas of Chula Vista, La Mesa, Lakeside and the San Diego City.

San Diego County Public Health Officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten said:

“The fact that these cases have been identified in multiple parts of the region shows that this strain of the virus could be rapidly spreading,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H. County public health officer. “People should be extra cautions to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19, especially this variant, which research has shown is more contagious.”

Contract tracing is in progress for these new cases, but it doesn't appear that any of the 28 individuals that have the new strain have a travel history.

No deaths are attributed to the new variant, but one individual has been hospitalized as a result of contracting it.

Now more than ever, county health official implore San Diegans to:

  • Keep your distance from others and leave your household only for essential activities
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • If you’re sick, get tested, and then stay home and isolate yourself

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