MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The health department said they are investigating a possible case of the U.K. variant of COVID-19 in Shelby County.
According to the health department, they received word Monday night that a COVID-19 test was performed and the results show that there may be a case of the U.K. variant in Shelby County.
“We now have a highly suspicious case that may represent the first Shelby County diagnosis of a person with a highly transmissible strain, B117, coming from the United Kingdom,” said Dr. David Sweat with the Shelby County Health Department.
Health officials said more testing by CDC and Tennessee Department of Health needs to be done to confirm if it is indeed the variant, but wanted everyone to be aware that it may be here so they can go ahead and take precautions.
The U.K. variant of Covid-19 is believed to be three times more infectious than other strains, but is not more lethal.
State health officials reported several cases of the variant strain in Tennessee last month, but did not say exactly where those cases were found.
It’s important to continue washing your hands, wearing masks, social distancing and practicing other safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Shelby County Health Department reported 83,235 total cases and 206 new cases Tuesday morning. There have been 1,289 deaths with nine new deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
The number of cases considered recovered is 77,993 and there are 3,953 known active cases.
As of Monday, more than 62,000 vaccine doses have been administered. More than 47,000 people have received the first dose and more than 15,000 have received the second.