SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN — State health leaders have identified three more cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 in Southeast Michigan and are urging testing for anyone with coronavirus symptoms.
The new cases involve a man in Wayne County and two women associated with the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
As of Saturday, Jan. 23, there have been six variant cases identified. Five are associated with University of Michigan.
Related: Washtenaw County Health Department alerts public to possible exposures to COVID-19 variant, urges testing
Health leaders have always urged testing, but say it’s especially important now because the variant spreads more readily than the SARS-CoV-2 virus that has been in circulation since March. They want to be able to accurately track cases and spread.
“The new variant is present in Michigan and we are at risk of seeing more spread of COVID-19. Everyone should do their part to end this pandemic. Get tested if you have been exposed, have symptoms, or have recently traveled to an area with a new variant spreading,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive at MDHHS, in a written statement.
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