TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A coronavirus variant didn’t trigger a fast-moving outbreak at a Kansas jail that contaminated dozens of inmates and workers, the state well being division mentioned Monday.
Testing decided that the COVID-19 outbreak on the minimum-security Winfield Correctional Facility in south-central Kansas was not attributable to virus variants first detected in the UK or South Africa, mentioned Kristi Zears, a spokesperson for the Kansas Division of Well being and Surroundings.
The state Department of Corrections reported that as of Thursday, the Winfield jail had 14 energetic instances amongst workers and 112 amongst its inhabitants of about 450 inmates.
State officers have mentioned the outbreak developed within a few days after two weeks of no instances, main public well being officers to suspect a variant. The well being division used genomic testing to find out whether or not a variant was concerned.
Dr. Lee Norman, the state well being division’s head, mentioned throughout a listening to with lawmakers Monday that the virus unfold was “very aggressive even for correctional settings” so they’re it very intently.