While COVID-19 case rates have continued to improve over the past month, public health officials caution residents that more work is needed to achieve the next milestone. Additionally, the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant has been detected in Marin.
The B.1.1.7 variant is classified as a “Variant of Concern” by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because it is more infectious than other strains, and it may lead to more severe disease. The B.1.1.7 variant is contributing to surges of cases in Europe and the Eastern United States.
Regionally, the proportion of cases that are linked to the more transmissible variants is climbing and signals a concerning trend.
“This variant has been detected across California. Though it’s no surprise, the presence of this variant in Marin is not something to ignore.” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County’s Public Health Officer. “It’s a reminder as we reopen that we’re not out of the woods, by any means. We need to stick with the tried and true prevention measures while we work to increase vaccination rates.”
Public Health recommends mask wearing, physical distancing, and frequent hand washing when in public, and to considering testing prior to, and quarantining after, travel outside of the Bay Area.
Learn more: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/