LANSING, Mich. — Michigan, which has the nation’s highest coronavirus infection rate in the past week, reported the state’s first confirmed case of a variant identified in Brazil.
The variant is considered more contagious than other strains, according to the state health department. It was found in a resident in Bay County, where local health officials were investigating the person’s exposure history.READ MORE: State Farm, Arbor Day Foundation Announce Tree-Planting Collaboration
State Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel expressed concern about an additional variant. Michigan previously reported finding variants identified in Britain and South Africa.READ MORE: Michigan Reports 8,867 New COVID-19 Cases, 74 Deaths Tuesday
Hertel says it’s important to “do what works to slow the spread of the virus” by wearing masks, staying socially distance, avoiding crowds, washing hands and getting a vaccine. Mask mandates remain in effect and vaccines are eligible to everyone starting Monday.MORE NEWS: First MDOT Adopt-A-Highway Litter Pickup Of 2021 Begins April 17
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