More Cases of UK Variant Reported Statewide and in South Texas
Health Experts Stress Importance of getting Vaccinated and taking Precautions
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has notified the Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health District about two additional UK Variant B.1.1.7 cases in Nueces County. That brings our UK Variant B.1.1.7 cases up to 20 cases in Region 11 which includes Nueces, San Patricio, Bee, Hidalgo, Cameron and Jim Wells counties with variant cases. There are over 600 variant cases identified in Texas, but we know there are more cases not identified, since sequencing (variant identification) is only done on about 10% of the tests currently being conducted.
“The B.1.1.7 variant was first identified in the United Kingdom in the fall and appears to spread much more easily from person to person than most strains of the coronavirus,” said Health District Director Annette Rodriguez. “The current scientific evidence shows this variant is more lethal and can cause more serious illness. We know the vaccines currently will protect individuals against this variant and residents need to be vigilant and continue to take precautions.”
Region 11 which runs from south of Victoria down to the valley and across to Laredo, reports 20 COVID-19 UK Variant B.1.1.7 cases:
- Hidalgo County 8
- Cameron County 5
- Nueces County 3
- San Patricio County 2
- Jim Wells County 1
- Bee County 1
Here are Public Health strategies our community should all be following:
● Practice social distancing with everyone outside of your immediate household.
● Wear a mask when in public.
● Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
● Disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home and at work.
● Get vaccinated as soon as eligible.