YOLO COUNTY, Calif. - A variant of the coronavirus that first emerged in Brazil has been identified in Yolo County, Health Davis Together said in a news release.
The P.1 variant is the third variant of the coronavirus to be identified in Davis, Calif.
The person who tested positive for the variant from Brazil has been notified and is in isolation. Health officials said contact tracing started within a few days of sample collection and testing.
The individual lives in Davis and has not been vaccinated for the coronavirus.
Health Davis Together said according to the CDC, the new variant found in Yolo County has been detected in 31 states and California has reported 41 cases of it.
On April 6, the B.1.351 variant was found in Davis and the B.1.1.7 was found in Feb., making the P.1 variant the third different variant to be identified in Davis.
Health Davis Together said the three variants spread at higher rates, increasing its prevalence quickly.
Health officials are urging residents to continue wearing a mask when in public, continue socially distancing, and washing your hands regularly.
For more information about different variants, go to the CDC website.