WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. - Wayne County public health officials today said they are investigating four known and confirmed cases of the COVID B.1.1.7 variant. Health officials also are looking into four additional COVID-19 positive cases of people who had close contact with the four individuals who tested positive for the B.1.1.7 variant.
All individuals have been advised to quarantine for 14 days. General details on those testing positive for the variant include:
- 41-year-old male, who recently arrived from international travel, and has since left the country;
- 42-year-old female;
- 35-year-old female; and,
- 35-year-old male, who recently has returned from international travel.
Wayne County public health officials, as well as those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, note it is usual for viruses to mutate over time.
The B.1.1.7 variant spreads more easily and quickly than other variants. Currently, there is no evidence that it causes more severe illness or increased risk of death.
"As we administer our vaccine, it is important for people to mask up, wash their hands frequently, and avoid large groups," said Dr. Mouhanad Hammami, Chief Health Strategist for Wayne County. "We are vaccinating people as fast as vaccine is available to us. Until then, we need to keep doing the safe practices we know help lower the risk of catching or spreading the virus."
Wayne County also encourages individuals to get tested frequently to slow the spread of any variant of the virus. Testing is widely available throughout Wayne County.
People who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as a dry cough, fever, body aches, a sudden loss of smell or taste, or fatigue should get tested by calling their primary care provider or visiting one of the free testing sites in Wayne County. Testing site and COVID-19 information can be found at www.waynecounty.com/covid19.