Community Health and Wellness

GCHD confirming six cases of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 identified in Genesee County residents

The Genesee County Health Department (GCHD) is confirming that six (6) cases of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 have been identified in Genesee County residents. This is the same variant that originated in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and is known to be more easily spread from person to person. This variant has been reported in 48 of the 50 states in the United States. So far, no other COVID-19 variants have been identified in Genesee County.

The variant B.1.1.7 (U.K.) cases in Genesee County have been identified in individuals ages 30 to 80; four males and two females. The samples for these positive tests were collected between February 1 and February 22and came from residents in six different zip codes throughout Genesee County.

Current data suggests both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines work against this variant, while studies are pending to assess the Janssen Johnson & Johnson, according to the GCHD. The measures used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Genesee County are the same for this variant.
• Wear a mask
• Maintain social distance
• Wash your hands frequently
• Avoid large gatherings
• Follow the guidance of public health and the guidelines in the governor’s executive
orders
• Get a COVID vaccination when you are eligible and it is available to you
o To pre-register for a vaccine through GCHD, visit https://www.gc4me.com/ and click on
COVID Vaccination Pre-Registration.
o Please monitor the phone number provided for a call to schedule your appointment.

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