COVID-19

Delta variant discovered in Kalamazoo

One case of the dangerous Delta COVID variant has been found in Kalamazoo County.

One person in Kalamazoo County has tested positive for the Delta variant of the coronavirus. County health officials made the announcement Monday afternoon.

The Delta variant – first discovered in India – is thought to be significantly more contagious than the Alpha variant that is dominant in Michigan. That in turn is 50% more contagious than the original versions of the coronavirus.

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Officials aren’t giving out details of the infected person, but say it is likely there are other cases of the Delta variant in the area.

The state estimates there were at least 34 cases of the Delta variant in Michigan as of last week. The most recent before Monday’s announcement was a case found in Ottawa County in a person who had already been vaccinated.

Kalamazoo County Medical Director Dr. William Nettleton said the discovery shows that it’s too soon for county residents to let their guards down.

“Getting vaccinated remains the best defense against COVID-19,” he said. “Washing your hands, maintaining physical distance when possible, and wearing a mask if you are unvaccinated or feeling unwell will provide further protection against the Delta variant of COVID-19.”

You can read more on WWMT.

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