Indian variant of COVID circulating in county

Linn County Leader

The Linn County Health Department has received notification from the state that the Indian variant of COVID-19 is circulating in Linn County. Livingston County Health Center has also shared they have both the Indian and the UK variants circulating in Livingston County. Both variants are highly contagious.

According to information released by the Linn County Health Department, "B.1.617.2-Indian is labeled a variant of interest by the CDC, seems to take a smaller viral load to infect, and may be up to 50% more contagious than the U.K. variant.

"B.1.1.7-UK is labeled a variant of concern by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has shown to be 50% more contagious than the original virus."

The Missouri Department of Health estimates around 80% of current cases of COVID-19 in the state have been caused by the U.K. variant.

All three types of COVID vaccine being used in the United States have proven effective against the variants circulating in the nation, by lessening symptoms of COVID-19 and reducing hospitalization and death.

The Linn County Health Department would like to encourage all residents, regardless of vaccination status, to be vigilant about prevention measures such as wearing a mask in public, washing hands frequently, staying home from work, church, summer school, daycare and everywhere else if you do not feel well and getting tested sooner rather than later, so close contacts can be notified.

The COVID vaccine is available in Linn County at Green Hill Pharmacy, Marceline Family Pharmacy and Walmart.