Coronavirus variant B.1.617.2 discovered in the Las Vegas metropolitan area

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Within Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District has reported the first case of coronavirus variant B.1.617.2.

Variant B.1.617.2 was identified in India and is currently classified as a variant of concern.

Variant B.1.617.2

The variant was found locally in a study conducted by the Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory. Sequencing is being conducted by the Public Health Laboratory as part of ongoing surveillance activities to identify variants that may be circulating in Clark County.

A female in her twenties lives in Clark County and tested positive for the B.1.617.2 form. She stated she had not traveled recently, had not been to the hospital, and had not received the COVID-19 vaccine.

A contact investigation is currently ongoing.

“We have made great strides in our attempts to contain the pandemic in our community,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Southern Nevada Health District health officer.

“However, the discovery of another COVID-19 variant reminds us that even though many of us are now fully vaccinated and attending events with family and friends, the pandemic is far from over and we must continue to take precautions to protect ourselves and others.”

New strains of the virus that causes COVID-19 are circulating in the United States

According to current knowledge, the currently licensed COVID-19 vaccines provide protection against the majority of variants.

To date, the following variants have been found in Clark County: 242 instances of B.1.1.7; five instances of B.1351; five instances of B.1.429; and 28 instances of P.1.

The Health District continues to encourage vaccination for everyone who is healthy. The vaccine is completely healthy, reliable and completely free.

As of May 10, Clark County had initiated 933,885 COVID-19 doses, completed 713,962 doses and administered a total of 1,586,045 COVID-19 doses.

Appointments for immunization clinics operated by the health district and community partners are available at snhd.info/covid-vaccine. More information about the clinics is available online at NVCOVIDFighter.org.

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