An individual with the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19 (also known as the U.K. variant) was identified in Eaton County on Sunday. At this time, further details about this individual are unknown and the investigation is ongoing.
The Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) is urging individuals to continue to take precautions against COVID-19, especially as new variants of the virus become more prevalent.
These important precautions include:
- Get vaccinated for COVID-19 when available and eligible.
- Wear a mask around others.
- Stay six feet apart from others.
- Wash hands often.
- Ventilate indoor spaces.
The B.1.1.7 variant was first identified in Great Britain and may be more easily spread than other variants. At this time, there is no evidence that vaccines are less effective against the B.1.1.7 variant.
The first Michigan case of the B.1.1.7 variant was identified in Washtenaw County in January.
Several other cases have been identified in Michigan since the first case was announced.
BEDHD continues to distribute COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals who work or live in Eaton or Barry counties. The supply of vaccine is limited and it will take time to vaccinate everyone.