Second case of COVID-19 U.K. variant identified in Kansas

photo by: Associated Press

Dr. Lee Norman, head of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, answers questions about the COVID-19 pandemic during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA (AP) — A second case of a more-contagious coronavirus variant has been confirmed in Kansas, state health officials said Monday.

The variant virus first detected in the United Kingdom was found in the Wichita area, the state Department of Health and Environment said in a news release.

The first case of the U.K. variant was found in a Fort Hays University student in Ellis County earlier this month. Officials have said it is likely more widespread in the state.

The person with the second confirmed case likely contracted it while traveling out of state, the health department said. No further details about the person were released.

“This finding does not change our public health recommendations,” Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE secretary, said in the release. “We continue to encourage people to take the appropriate precautions.”

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