San Miguel County Residents Test Positive for UK Variant!

San Miguel County Residents Test Positive for UK Variant!

San Miguel County residents test positive for UK variant. Summer on the horizon, diligence remains critical in protecting the community from variants.

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San Miguel County Public Health has confirmed two county residents have been infected with the B.1.1.7 variant. The two residents are currently in isolation and all known close contacts have been informed at this time.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has established that close contacts of positive variant cases must quarantine for 14 days. Data from the B.1.1.7 variant’s origin in the United Kingdom has revealed it to be highly contagious relative to the original COVID-19 virus.

Analysis of wastewater data in comparison to the county’s current caseload reveals a disparity in positive results from clinical testing.

Grace Franklin, County Public Health Director.

“We have seen a decrease in demand for clinical testing at both our free testing clinics as well as the two medical centers’ COVID clinics,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “While there has been a decrease in community transmission, this could also be the result of a reduction in perceived risk, pandemic fatigue and vaccine uptake. The truth remains that COVID has not yet been eradicated and the virus remains ever present in our community.”

In preparation for potential travel between spring break and off-season, Public Health implores residents to consider their exposure to others who may be infected with COVID-19 but have not yet experienced symptoms.

“Knowing that we have county residents infected with a highly contagious variant reveals, once again, that the virus and its variants do not discriminate,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “These next two months will be critical in determining our level on the dial this summer. Continue to practice the five commitments, get tested no more than 3 days before you travel and no sooner than 5 days after you return and please plan quarantine upon your return.”

Public Health has confirmed three new positive cases of COVID-19 from test results received from March 19 through 22. Of these cases, one is confirmed as a resident and all actively contagious cases are currently in isolation.

As of release time today, there have been 844 total COVID cases among residents to date with 3 active cases.

To learn more about the county’s current. COVID-19 metrics, please visit the County COVID-19 dashboard.

Five Commitments of Containment:

Wear a mask
Maintain six feet of physical distance
Minimize group size
Wash hands frequently
Stay home when sick and get tested

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