The first known case of the B.1.1.7 variant has been detected in Stanislaus County. This is the variant that was first identified in the UK and has now been detected in 70 countries. It is more infectious and possibly causes more severe illness and death. This is also the variant that CDC had predicted would become the predominant strain in the US by the end of March.
“The detection of the B.1.1.7 variant in Stanislaus County is a sobering reminder that this pandemic is not over,” said Dr. Julie Vaishampayan, Stanislaus County Public Health Officer. “The best way to prevent this variant from spreading, and prevent more variants from developing, is to stop the virus from circulating in the community. It is vital that everyone, even people that have been vaccinated, continue to follow recommendations that prevent the spread of disease, which include testing, masking, distancing, and getting the vaccine when it is your turn.”
Studies suggest that all three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) are effective and provide strong protection against the B.1.1.7 variant. Eligibility for the vaccine has recently expanded to the list below:
Long-term Care Residents
People aged 65 and over
Education and Childcare
Food and Agriculture
Qualifying Medical Conditions & Disabilities
Visit schsa.org/coronavirus/vaccine/ to view the options to get vaccinated, or call (209) 558‐7535 for more information.
For more information on the cases in Stanislaus County, visit schsa.org/coronavirus.