REDDING, Calif.,- The B117 coronavirus strain or U.K. variant has been detected in Shasta County.
Shasta County Public Health explained that the strain is 50% more transmissible and produces more virus particles.
“We're kind of up against a little bit of a time crunch,” Dr. Karen Ramstrom said in a press conference. “We want to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible to avoid having an increased transmission as these variant strains increase in our community. We know that outbreaks are happening in other parts of the state.”
Tonecia Cruz of Redding said she’s especially on alert because she has underlying health conditions.
“Give people their space because a lot of people don't that other people have very serious health conditions,” Cruz said.
Public Health officials identified the U.K. variant after sending positive samples to the state for testing about a month ago.
Butte County identified the same U.K. variant earlier in March.