• coronavirus Mar 25

    COVID Variant Cases Rise Amid Spike in Mass.

    The state lab is sequencing three different COVID-19 variants tied to the U.K., Brazil and South Africa to see if they are causing a spike in cases in Massachusetts.

  • coronavirus Mar 25

    COVID Variant Cases Rise Amid Spike in Mass.

    Experts are watching closely as data shows several different COVID-19 variants cropping up across Massachusetts. In Massachusetts, there have been 441 reported cases of the U.K. variant, four cases of the Brazil variant and nine cases of the South African variant, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state lab is sequencing the...

  • coronavirus Feb 12

    1st Case of UK COVID-19 Variant Detected in NH Resident

    The first case of the highly contagious United Kingdom COVID-19 variant has been detected in a New Hampshire resident, health officials announced Friday. The B.1.1.7 variant was found in an adult resident of Hillsborough County who had close contact with someone diagnosed with the coronavirus after travelling internationally. Contact tracing has identified close household contacts, but no other community exposures…

  • coronavirus Feb 11

    1st Case of UK COVID-19 Variant Confirmed in Maine

    Health officials said Wednesday that they have confirmed the first Maine case of the highly contagious COVID variant first identified in the United Kingdom. The B.1.1.7 variant was detected in a Franklin County resident who had recently traveled internationally, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “Ever since these variants were first described in the U.K.,...

  • coronavirus Feb 8

    UK COVID Variant Spreading Rapidly in US. How Prevalent Is It Here in New England?

    The so-called United Kingdom coronavirus variant is already here in New England. That much we know. Health officials in Massachusetts and Connecticut have already identified that the variant is present in those states. But how widespread is it? The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that seven cases have been identified in Massachusetts and 17…

  • uk covid strain Feb 8

    UK COVID Strain Doubling Every 10 Days, Study Shows

    The mutant coronavirus strain first identified in the United Kingdom remains at low levels in the United States but is doubling its reach approximately every 10 days, according to a study published by researchers on Sunday.

  • coronavirus Jan 21

    Second Case of UK Strain Found in Mass.

    A second case of the more infectious coronavirus variant from the UK was confirmed Tuesday by a state laboratory. The case is a man in his 20s from Worcester County, health officials said. Meanwhile, hundreds of students from UMass Medical School in Worcester are working to help in the daunting task of vaccinating the U.S. against coronavirus.

  • Massachusetts Jan 18

    Boston Doctor Says UK COVID Variant Has Likely Been Circulating in Mass. For Weeks

    Massachusetts announced its first confirmed case of the new, more contagious COVID variant on Sunday, but some medical experts in the state say they aren’t surprised. Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett with Boston Medical Center says it may not even be the first case. “The fact that we just identified it yesterday in Massachusetts doesn’t mean that this is our...

  • Massachusetts Jan 18

    Highly Contagious UK Variant Discovered in Mass.

    Massachusetts health officials have announced the state’s first case of the more infectious coronavirus variant first found in the United Kingdom. A Boston woman who traveled to the United Kingdom felt sick the day after she returned, the state Department of Public Health said Sunday.

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