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At least 17 cases of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant found in Michigan, strain now in Wayne and Washtenaw counties

Posted at 1:51 PM, Jan 25, 2021

(WXYZ) — Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state's chief medical officer, revealed during a Monday afternoon news conference that there are at least 17 cases of the B.1.1.7. variant of COVID-19 in Michigan.

Thirteen of those cases have been identified in Washtenaw County and four are in Wayne County. However, Dr. Khaldun says there are likely more cases of the B.1.1.7. variant that have not yet been identified.

First identified in the United Kingdom, the B.1.1.7. variant is more contagious than the normal COVID-19 coronavirus. However, it is believed that the variant does not result in a worse case COVID-19, nor is it believed to be a deadlier strain of the virus.

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