Corpus Christi confirms the first case of a new variant of COVID-19

The city of Corpus Christi and the county of Nueces confirmed their first case of the highly contagious variant B.1.1.7 COVID-19.

A Corpus Christi man between the ages of 60 and 70 recently traveled to Great Britain, where the variant was first discovered. He is isolated and will be quarantined pending clearance by the local health authority.

Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales said the local risk indicator had moved to the “red” zone.

“We’ll be focusing on resources. Resources include testing and vaccinations and logistics support,” Canales said.

Dr. Srikanth Ramachandruni is the Nueces County Local Health Authority. He said that since the B.1.1.7 variant is known to have a high rate of transmission, vaccines are critical.

“I urge clinics and institutions that have the vaccine to vaccinate people and also people to come forward to get vaccinated,” said Ramachandruni.

Harris County was the first in Texas to confirm variant B.1.1.7 on January 8th.

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