Virginia reports its first case of more contagious COVID-19 variant
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The first case of the COVID-19 variant called B.1.1.7 has been identified in Virginia, state health officials confirmed Monday.

The Virginia Department of Health and the Department of General Services Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) announced that the first case of the B.1.1.7 variant was identified in a sample from a resident of Northern Virginia with no reported recent travel history.

DCLS says they have informed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the variant case.

The B.1.1.7 variant first emerged in the United Kingdom in late 2020 and is…
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