New variant of COVID-19 found in Minnesota

New variant of COVID-19 found in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KEYC) - The Minnesota Department of Health announced Saturday that the new strain of COVID-19 first detected in the United Kingdom was identified in Minnesota.

The variant was found in five residents from four different counties in the Twin Cities metro area, according to a news release.

According to the release, four of the cases were identified through the MDH Public Health Laboratory and one was identified through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The cases range in age from 15 to 37 years. None have been hospitalized.

Two cases reported international travel, one did not travel and the others have unknown travel history.

Health officials said in the release that it is still too early to know what kind of impact this variant strain may have in the state.

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