According to reports from the Dallas County health officials, the first-known case of the COVID-19 variant (first seen in the UK) has been reported in Dallas County.
This is the third case of variant B.1.1.7 identified in Texas. The first Texas case was found in Harris County.
Officials confirmed that the person who tested positive for the variant is a Dallas man in his 20s, and has no recent history of travel outside the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, COVID-19 variant B.1.17 is more “efficient and rapid transmission", but there is no proof that this variant has any impact on the severity of disease or efficiency of the vaccine.
Health officials are reminding everyone that while this variant is believed to be more transmissible, taking proper precautions will still stop the spread of all the COVID-19 variants.
DCHHS Director Dr. Philip Huang said, "This is now the third identified case in Texas and we can assume there are more cases in our community due to the nature of this variant and how quickly it spreads. We must remain vigilant in our fight against this virus and continue all preventative and protective measures such as wearing our masks, washing our hands, and physical distancing. Dallas County Health and Human Services will continue to closely monitor this case and any potential contacts."