COVID-19 variant traced to United Kingdom confirmed in Spokane County

A concerning COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom is in Spokane County.

The Spokane Regional Health District confirmed the first case of the B.1.1.7 variant on Friday morning, after the Department of Health notified them.

The case marks at least 100 confirmed cases of the variant from the U.K. statewide.

The variant is concerning due to its ability to spread easier and quicker from person to person than the original virus .

The case in Spokane County was confirmed a few weeks ago. Some positive COVID-19 specimens are sent to virology labs in western Washington, where they are sequenced. That process means that it is possible that

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