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First cases of UK COVID-19 variant found in Washington – MyNorthwest.com

The Washington State Department of Health has found the first cases of the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID in testing samples from the state.

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The Washington State Department of Health along with the Snohomish Health District and the UW Medicine Virology Lab have found the first cases of the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19 first detected in the UK in testing samples from the state.
The UW lab detected two known cases of the variant in specimens collected from two Snohomish County residents. The lab screen more than a thousand samples between Dec. 25 and Jan. 20 to detect mutations, and confirmed the variant by whole viral genome sequencing. 

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