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Third case of COVID-19 variant found in Utah

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Posted at 4:03 PM, Feb 01, 2021

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — A female Summit County resident has Utah's third confirmed case of the COVID-19 variant, health officials announced Monday.

The woman, who is between the ages of 20-44, was found to have the variant through genetic sequencing of positive COVID-19 samples.

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Summit County health officials did not announce the condition of the patient.

On Jan. 15, officials announced the state's first case of the "UK variant" was found in a Salt Lake County man who had not recently traveled outside Utah. The man had experienced mild symptoms before sequencing found the B117 variant.

After the first case was discovered, Dr. Angela Dunn, the state epidemiologist, acknowledged that the variant strain would eventually be found in Utah.

“We fully anticipated we would find this strain in Utah. We know this strain is more transmissible than previous COVID-19 variants, and our hospitals continue to operate near or over capacity. So now, more than ever, Utah residents need to wear masks, practice physical distancing, and avoid large gatherings.”

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Utahns are urged to continue to practice social distancing, along with frequent hand washing and sanitation.