APH provides update after first U.K. variant case found in Austin

Austin Public Health Weekly Press Conference on COVID-19 – 02/05/21

Health officials provide information about the coronavirus and answer questions from the media.

Austin Public Health today released an update on the COVID-19 situation in our area. It comes just days after a confirmed case of the British variant was found in Austin.

The confirmed case of variant B.1.1.7 (UK) of COVID-19 was discovered by a private laboratory. The variant was discovered and confirmed through laboratory tests by a private local testing organization and reported to the Texas Ministry of Health (DSHS).

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First case of UK variant of COVID-19 confirmed in Austin-Travis County

COVID-19 variants have likely been found in Austin-Travis County for weeks after a variant was discovered in a Harris County man with no travel history.

The British strain is more contagious, but no more deadly, than what’s already in Texas. In a statement from Austin Public Health, the discovery was described as worrying, but it comes as no surprise.

COVID-19 variants have likely been found in Austin-Travis County for weeks after a variant was discovered in a Harris County man with no travel history.

Officials say efforts are being made to determine if the British variant or a South African tribe is in other parts of Texas.

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Texas is adjusting its vaccination strategy to give more prominence to 75 or older

The British strain is more contagious, but no more deadly, than what’s already in Texas.

The Austin discovery comes as state health officials adjust their vaccination strategy. There are now plans to promote ideas that focus more on people aged 75 and over.

To date, 2.75 million vaccines have been provided in Texas, according to government officials. Of this number, 620,000 are considered fully vaccinated.

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