TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – With the primary recognized case of a brand new U.Ok. coronavirus variant making the leap to the US in Colorado, well being division officers next-door in Kansas have motive to be involved.
The brand new model of the coronavirus, often known as B.1.1.7, is taken into account extra contagious — a warning well being officers in the UK have been elevating because it was first found by scientists within the nation.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment Communications Director Kristi Zears instructed KSNT Information Wednesday that they weren’t conscious of any instances of the pressure in Kansas. She stated the KDHE’s lab can search for this variant with their genetic sequencing tools. Nevertheless, they don’t absolutely sequence each constructive pattern that comes by way of the lab.
“We’re taking part with CDC to offer samples to them for his or her skill to sequence and tradition,” Zears stated.
Colorado well being officers stated the primary reported case was a Nationwide Guardsman who had been deployed Dec. 23 to a nursing house. Officers now suspect they’ve a second case on the long-term facility.
Whereas there have been some questions on vaccine distribution, Zears stated vaccines are presently being given primarily to healthcare employees and long-term care residents. The quantity of vaccines a Kansas county will get is predicated on a nationwide survey taken earlier this 12 months, which requested concerning the variety of healthcare employees in that area.
Zears stated an preliminary distribution of the Pfizer vaccine went to ultra-cold storage amenities. The Moderna vaccine went to well being departments and federally-qualified well being facilities in numerous communities.