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DOH Leon Confirms Two Cases of COVID-19 Variant in Leon County

By Pamela Saulsby

February 02, 2021

DOH Leon Confirms Two Cases of COVID-19 UK Variant in Leon County 

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February 3, 2021

DOH Leon Confirms Two Cases of More Contagious COVID-19 UK Variant in Leon County

Health Officer Claudia Blackburn: We must all remain dedicated to stopping the spread- Wear a mask, Stay six feet apart.

 Tallahassee, FL---   The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) announced the detection of two cases associated with the COVID-19 variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom. DOH Leon considers these individuals priority cases and epidemiologists are working to identify close contacts of the individuals and will monitor them closely. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) says there is no conclusive evidence the variant makes people sicker than the original strain, but they are concerned because it spreads more quickly, is significantly more contagious, and vaccines may be less effective against it. Both Pfizer and Moderna say their current vaccines appear to work against this variant. The CDC advises that viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time.

“The arrival of the variant in our county is yet another reminder that the fight against this deadly virus is far from over,” says DOH Leon Health Officer Claudia Blackburn. “While more COVID-19 vaccines are on the way, supplies are still very limited. That’s why it’s critical that we all remain dedicated to following public health mitigation strategies by wearing a mask, staying at least six feet apart, avoiding crowds, washing our hands frequently, and following isolation and quarantine recommendations.”

DOH Leon, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health, will continue to watch closely for emerging COVID-19 variants and will provide updates as new information becomes available.

Safe and effective vaccines and following public health guidance are how to win the fight against COVID-19.

For more information visit: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/ or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Submitted by: Pamela Saulsby | Public Information Officer