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Three new B.1.1.7. variant cases identified in Kalamazoo County

The health department says the new cases are not linked to the first one.
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KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich — The Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department has confirmed three additional cases of B.1.1.7., the county announced Monday. There are now four confirmed cases of the variant in Kalamazoo County.

The first case of B.1.1.7. in the county was announced Feb. 4. According to the county, the case was identified in an adult over the age of 80 years old living in Kalamazoo County with no travel history. The health department says the new cases are not linked to the first one.

“The three new cases identified of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7. without clear connection between each other tells us that community spread is likely occurring. This is not unexpected news. We know this variant is more contagious,” said Dr. William Nettleton, Medical Director of Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department.

At this time, public health is conducting disease investigation and contact tracing to identify close contacts.

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