A new strain of COVID-19 recently discovered in the United Kingdom is now identified in Wisconsin.
The Department of Health Services didn’t say where the strain was found but said it was identified through ongoing surveillance and genome sequencing on a small number of COVID tests. Researchers believe the new strain is more contagious but there is no evidence that it’s more deadly.
New coronavirus cases in Wisconsin are topping 21-hundred in data released today.
The Department of Health Services says the 21-hundred-and-34 cases raise the total number of confirmed COVID infections to over 513-thousand. The 37 deaths reported today raises the statewide death toll to over five-thousand-200.