GCHD announces identification of Brazilian COVID variant in Genesee County

FLINT – The Genesee County Health Department (GCHD) has been notified of a Genesee County resident whose additional testing at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Laboratories was positive for the P.1 (Brazil) variant of COVID-19.

Case investigation and contact tracing has been done for this patient who first tested positive on March 23.

This is the second P.1 (Brazil) variant case identified in Michigan. Current evidence suggests the P.1 (Brazil) variant has the ability to re-infect individuals previously infected with the original COVID-19 virus.

Even though the P.1 (Brazil) variant is more contagious than the original COVID-19 virus, the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same.

  • Wear a mask and maintain social distancing
  • Continue to follow the Governor’s executive orders and avoid large gatherings
  • Follow the guidance of Public Health and the guidelines in the Governor’s executive orders
  • Get vaccinated! Everyone is now eligible.

To register for a vaccine through GCHD, visit www.gc4me.com/.

You will be emailed an invitation as spots become available, inviting you to schedule your appointment.

If you do not have access to email, please register with only a phone number and you will receive a phone call to schedule an appointment when your spot comes up to register. – G.G.