South African COVID-19 variant identified in King County

The B.1.351 variant of the coronavirus initially identified in South Africa was found through genomic sequencing at the UW Medicine Virology Lab.

KING COUNTY, Wash. — A COVID-19 variant initially discovered in South Africa was detected within a patient in King County Feb. 22.

The patient initially tested positive for the COVID-19 Jan. 29. The variant was identified through genomic sequencing at the UW Medicine Virology Laboratory. 

The person’s travel history was not available because the person “was not able to be reached through contact tracing efforts.” However, they did receive “appropriate counseling” for next steps and proper precautions. 

King County Health

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