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~ 2 weeks, 2 days ago   Jan 08 2021, 11:36am 
Important message from City of Pearland regarding UK COVID-19 Variant
 
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Yesterday, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) confirmed the first case of the #COVID19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the UK. This the first known case in Harris County and the State of Texas. publichealth.harrisc ountytx.gov/Portals/ 27/Documents/COVID-1 9%20Variant%20N
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
January 7, 2021
 
Media Line: 713-439-6911
 
Harris County Public Health Announces First Known Case of UK COVID-19 Variant in Texas
 
Individual Recovering in Isolation, Epidemiological Investigations are underway to identify, notify, and quarantine any close contacts
 
HOUSTON - Today, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) confirmed the first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the UK. This the first known case in Harris County and the State of Texas
The individual is a male between the ages of 30-40 years old in SW Harris County and has no travel history. The individual is stable, in isolation, and will remain there until cleared by public health officials. HCPH epidemiologists are identifying, notifying, and quarantining all close contacts and are conducting a thorough investigation in conjunction with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
 
Based on available studies in the United Kingdom, scientists believe the B.1.1.7 variant to be more easily transmitted than previously identified strains of the SARS-CoV-2 variant but not more severe in symptoms. In addition, the currently approved vaccines are thought to be effective against this variant.
 
“The health and safety of everyone in our community remains our top priority. Though mutations of a virus are expected, we are closely monitoring this case and any potential contacts to prevent the ongoing spread of the virus at all levels,” said Dr. Sherri Onyiego, health authority for Harris County, “The prevention measures for this strain are no different and our community should continue staying home in addition to wearing facemasks, social distancing, getting tested, and washing your hands frequently. We know that our community is growing COVID fatigue, but as cases and hospitalizations are steadily increasing, now is not the time to drop our guard down.”
 
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a threat to our community. As of today, the positivity rate has gone up to 16% with nearly 251,000 confirmed cases in Harris County. HCPH urges the public to stay home and get tested. In addition, residents should continue wearing facemasks, practicing social distancing (6ft/2m or greater), washing hands often, and avoid all gatherings with individuals who don’t live in your household s, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. HCPH offers free COVID-19 testing at various locations throughout Harris County, register at covidcheck.hctx.net/ or call 832 927 7575.
 
For the latest updates and resources on COVID-19, visit publichealth.harrisc ountytx.gov/ or www.readyharris.org/ .
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