State Health Department officials say there is likely “widespread transmission” of the B.1.1.7 UK variant of COVID-19 in Minnesota. This comes after it has been confirmed in 479 cases through the use of genomic sequencing on specimens from March 16th to the 20th. The current situation is now seen as a “race” between the variant spread and the administration of the vaccine. However, the state is making good progress on vaccinations, with at least 25-percent of residents having received at least one dose. Experts say the spread could cause a “third spike” so it is important to still practice COVID safety protocols.
MDH Says Transmission Of UK COVID Variant ‘Widespread’
By Ashley Hanley|2021-03-24T06:44:15-05:00March 24th, 2021|
About the Author: Ashley Hanley
Ashley (Goettl) Hanley is a North Mankato native and Mankato West graduate who made the switch from TV journalism to radio. After five years at KEYC News 12, Ashley is thrilled to be working for KTOE News. Ashley and her husband John, and son John, enjoy spending time in the community. You can also find Ashley coaching and playing softball and supporting her brother on the MSU football team and her sister with Scarlet athletics. Even though she went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Ashley kept her Minnesota roots and is a big Twins and Vikings fan!