Florida Health Dept. identifies first possible case of UK COVID-19 variant in the state

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health reported it found evidence of the first case of a new COVID-19 variant in the state.

The patient is a man in his 20s in Martin County, according to the Health Department. It said he has no history of recent travel.

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The Health Department said it is investigating the case with assistance from the Centers for Disease Control.

Colorado announced the first case of the new variant in the United States on Tuesday, followed by California with the second known case Wednesday.

“I really encourage people stay away from crowds,” said Dr. Dena Grayson. “Stay home. Don’t gather, especially don’t gather indoors, that’s really dangerous. We know that this virus spreads through the air.”

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Experts have said they expect the current approved COVID-19 vaccines to remain effective against the variant strain.