Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-05-11 19:49:19 –
Las Vegas (KTNV) — Southern Nevada Health District identified the first known case of a B.1.617.2 coronavirus mutant in Clark County.
The B.1.617.2 variant was first identified in India and is considered a variant of concern.
The mutant was detected locally in a sample tested by the Public Health Institute in Southern Nevada. The Institute of Public Health is conducting a sequence as part of ongoing surveillance to detect mutations that may be circulating in Clark County.
A resident of Clark County who tested positive for the B.1.617.2 variant is a woman in her twenties. She has not reported a recent trip, has not been hospitalized, and has not been vaccinated with COVID-19.
A contact investigation is being conducted.
“We have taken a tremendous step in our efforts to stop a pandemic in the community,” said Dr. Fermin Regen, District Health Officer, Southern Nevada Health District.
“But the identification of another COVID-19 variant reminds us that while many of us are fully vaccinated and re-enjoying activities with family and friends, the pandemic is not over. . “”
A new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is widespread in the United States.
Current data suggest that the currently licensed COVID-19 vaccine provides protection against most mutants.
The following variants have been detected in Clark County so far: 242 cases of B.1.1.7. 5 cases of B.1351. Five cases of B.1.429. 28 cases on P.1.
The health district continues to recommend that all qualified individuals be vaccinated. Vaccines are safe, effective, and free.
As of May 10, Clark County began 933,885 doses of COVID-19, completed 713,962 doses, for a total of 1,586,045 doses of COVID-19.