UK COVID-19 Variant Found In Maryland

It’s a couple from Anne Arundel County who are isolation.









Annapolis, Md (KM)  During his news conference on Tuesday, Governor Larry Hogan announced that two Maryland residents have contracted the UK strain of the COVID-19 virus. He said  one traveled  abroad and the other is the spouse of that person.

He says they are both in isolation and contact tracing is underway to find who they may have interacted with.

The discovery was made by the Maryland Public Health Lab with assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The UK variant, also known as B-117 strain of COVID-19, was first detected in the United Kingdom in late 2020.  The Maryland Department of Health say it has not been shown to cause more severe illness or risk of death compared to other strains.  But it has been shown to be more transmissible than  the other variants of COVID-19.

Medical officials say the  vaccine currently being administered against COVID-19 is effective against this variant of the virus.


By Kevin McManus