Six cases of the U.K. variant COVID-19 identified in Genesee County

GENESEE COUNTY — The Genesee County Health Department (GCHD) has confirmed six cases of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 identified in Genesee County residents.

This is the same variant that originated in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and is known to be more easily spread from person to person. This variant has been reported in 48 of the 50 states in the United States.

So far, no other COVID-19 variants have been identified in Genesee County, according to the GCHD.

The variant B.1.1.7 (U.K.) cases in Genesee County have been identified in individuals ages 30 to 80, four males and two females. The samples for these positive tests were collected between Feb. 1-22 and came from residents in six different zip codes throughout Genesee County.

Current data suggests both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines work against this variant, while studies are pending to assess the Janssen Johnson & Johnson. The measures used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Genesee County are the same for this variant.

• Wear a mask

• Maintain social distance

• Wash your hands frequently

• Avoid large gatherings

• Follow the guidance of Public Health and the guidelines in the Governor’s executive orders

• Get a COVID vaccination when you are eligible, and it is available to you

To pre-register for a vaccine through GCHD, visit and click on COVID Vaccination Pre-Registration.

Please monitor the phone number provided for a call to schedule your appointment. — G.G.