EDITOR'S NOTE: This story originally published March 30. On Friday, April 9, an email news alert linked to this story was sent in error due to a technical problem. Carson City Health and Human Services is reporting the second case of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant in the Quad-County Region on Tuesday.
The Nevada State Public Health Lab confirmed the detection of the variant in a Douglas County resident. The individual has no travel history and no known exposures or connections to the previously reported B.1.1.7 case in Carson City. CCHHS is conducting extensive contact tracing on the confirmed case to reduce the spread of the variant.
This is the second case of the variant in the Quad-County Region. CCHHS is encouraging residents to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. Getting vaccinated and staying diligent with COVID-19 prevention measures such as wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, staying home when sick and practicing proper hand hygiene are important to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and the B.1.1.7 variant.
Starting April 5, Quad-County COVID-19 vaccination events will be open to Nevada residents and employees ages 16 and older. Events are by appointment only.
Appointments for April 7-13 are now available. Those ages 16 and 17 are authorized to receive the Pfizer vaccine. When scheduling an appointment, the vaccine name is included in the title. To schedule an appointment and for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine visit https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccine/.
For information on the B.1.1.7 and other COVID-19 variants, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant.html.