PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheny County has a case of the U.K. COVID-19 variant.
Allegheny County Health Director Dr. Debra Bogen said the state health department notified them the variant was detected in a sample taken from the county.READ MORE: Mon Wharf Reopening For Parking On Monday
It’s unknown how the patient contracted it, Bogen said.READ MORE: University of Pittsburgh Main Campus Shifts Into Lower-Risk Classification For The Coronavirus
“This is the first and only case of the variant reported in Allegheny County thus far. I suspected that it has been present in the county for a while. This news reinforces the need for us all to double down on the efforts we’re taking to control the spread of the virus,” said Bogen.
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Bogen said coronavirus cases have been low in the county, but she remains cautious, especially with the new variants that appear to spread more easily.