Well being officers work to maintain new COVID-19 variant underneath management in Washtenaw County

(WXYZ) — The College of Michigan is working to fight the unfold of the brand new variant of COVID-19 with a two-week pause for all college athletics.

The Washtenaw County Well being Division says a number of folks affiliated with U-M’s athletic program examined optimistic for the extra contagious COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.7. Because of this, all faculty sports activities are on maintain for 2 weeks.

“The priority is it could unfold extra simply and affect extra folks,” Susan Cerniglia from the Washtenaw County Well being Division stated.

The division issued an alert after the primary 5 instances have been recognized within the Ann Arbor space.

She stated the Michigan Division of Well being and Human Companies, underneath the management of a brand new director, is being proactive and strategic to maintain folks protected.

“We anticipate demand for testing to extend,” Cerniglia stated.

The CDC stated the brand new pressure might change into the dominant type of COVID-19 within the U.S. March, and will even be extra lethal, however present vaccines are nonetheless believed to be efficient.

“It’s not stunning it’s right here and doesn’t essentially change the actions we ought to be doing proper now,” Cerniglia added.

Whereas U-M is not commenting on digital camera but, there’s been no phrase of any extra cancellations of packages. The state stated instant testing and quarantine are strongly inspired for anybody who might be in danger.

Social distancing, mask-wearing, avoiding crowds and hand-washing all are being bolstered as properly.

“These all matter and we actually want to verify we’re doing them,” she stated.

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