Two cases of SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617, also known as the India Variant, was found in Jefferson County, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Health officials have not designated the India Variant as a “variant of concern.” In other words, current evidence suggests the variant is not more contagious or cause more severe symptoms than the original strain.
The two positive cases are an adult and an older adult. Health officials are in the process of notifying individuals who were in close contact with the two positive cases. Affected people are encouraged to isolate according to guidance from IDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Kaitlin Pedati, IDPH State Medical Director and Epidemiologist, continues to encourage Iowans to get vaccinated.
“Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to prevent this, or any other currently circulating strain of the virus from spreading through the population. Since the vaccine is now open to all Iowans over the age of 16, we have the opportunity to use this tool to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities.”