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U.K. COVID-19 variant widespread in Minnesota


March 24, 2021


People arrived to be vaccinated at the Vikings Training Center, which was administering the newly available, single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on March 5 in Eagan.

A more infectious variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is "widespread" in Minnesota, with a recent batch of genomic sequencing tests from one lab finding it in more than half of samples.

State health officials said the emergence of the B.1.1.7 variant underscores the need for mask-wearing, social distancing and vaccination, but doesn't necessarily mean there will be renewed restrictions on schools, businesses or social gatherings.

While 5% of variant-driven COVID-19 cases are resulting in hospitalizations, the hope is that there will be fewer severe outcomes and deaths because many of the most vulnerable Minnesotans have been vaccinated, state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said.


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