KDHE identifies 2nd case of COVID-19 UK variant in Kansas

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 17:09:47-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A second case of the COVID-19 UK variant has been identified in Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the case is in Sedgwick County, and close contacts of the individual have been notified.

An investigation determined that the variant was contracted out of state, according to a news release.

Earlier this month, KDHE announced the state’s first case in Ellis County.

The newer variant has not changed the health department’s recommendations on wearing masks or social distancing, KDHE Secretary Dr. Lee Norman said in the release.

“We continue to encourage people to take the appropriate precautions,” Norman said. “This includes wearing a mask that fits snuggly around the nose and face and has multiple layers of fabric or layering thinner masks with an additional cloth face mask to improve the fit. Kansans should also follow isolation and quarantine recommendations, practice physical distancing, good hygiene, staying home if ill and getting the vaccine if you are able to, once the supply is sufficient.”