NEWS RELEASE-Immediate Release


UK variant: B.1.1.7. has been detected

On Tuesday, the Navajo Nation announced the first confirmed case of the COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 Strain Variant B.1.1.7 also known as the U.K. variant, from a COVID-19 test sample that was collected at the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation. The U.K. variant is currently the most dominant variant in the United States and has been detected in all 50 states, including many cases in the Four Corners states. 

The patient was tested as part of a surveillance program with the Navajo Nation and T Gen in Flagstaff. The patient has recovered from the acute illness. Contact tracing was conducted and no further spread was identified beyond the one individual who tested positive for the U.K. variant. Surveillance will be ongoing for the whole Navajo Nation going forward. 

We encourage the communities we serve to continue to take all precautions including wearing a mask, social distancing, hand washing, and limiting your travel to essential activities only. We encourage anyone over 16 years of age to receive the COVID-19 vaccines, which are effective in reducing cases of COVID19, especially severe and hospitalized cases. 

We need to continue mandatory masking, social distancing, hand hygiene and vaccination now in our communities and businesses to prevent further spread of these potentially more contagious variants. 

Please contact our Vaccination Clinic at 928-283-1505 for vaccination information.


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