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There are 13 additional cases of the U.K. variant of the COVID-19 virus reported in Washoe County, the Washoe County Health District announced Wednesday.
Two of the cases are linked to a large gathering where more than 70 people from multiple states attended. The county’s first case of the U.K. variant is also linked to this event.
Four of the cases are linked to a youth sports club, according to the health district’s press statement. Two cases attended practices and games while infectious. Another in this cluster attended school while infectious, the WCHD said.
All contacts are being notified and asked to quarantine for 14 days.
One of the cases had traveled to Florida where they had close contact with a confirmed case and flew back to Reno while infectious, according to WCHD.
The remaining cases are under investigation.
There are now a total of 14 cases of the U.K. variant in Washoe County.
The first case of the U.K. variant in Nevada was detected in a woman in Clark County in January. She had no travel history.
The South African variant, also known as B.351, was also detected in Washoe County in February. It is also the first known case in the state.
The U.K. variant, also known as the B.1.1.7 variant, originated in the U.K. and is known to be more transmittable than the original virus. However, officials said that the current Moderna, Pfizer and Jannsen vaccines are effective at fighting the virus.
Kristin Oh is a public safety reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 775-420-1285. Please help support her work by subscribing.