“Results from daily testing of prisoners and staff at Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia, SARS-CoV-2, result in detection of 90 cases of B.1.1.7 version,” a news sent from the Michigan State Police Fox News.
Of the 95 initial samples sent for testing, 90 had a UK version, 88 of which were prisoners and two staff. Officials said more than 100 laboratory results are pending.
Officials say the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) began daily testing “immediately”, as opposed to the weekly test, in which an employee was found to be infected with the version last week. The authority Said earlier This is “the first known case of a version inside the MDOC feature”.
The facility has 1,613 inmates and 425 employees, a MDOC spokesperson confirmed to Fox News.
Officials noted that “extra precaution” took place at the top of the trial after the first test case was discovered, but did not specify the steps taken in the news release.
“This variant is considered more contagious than the SARS-CoV-2 virus and with daily testing, extra precautions were taken as soon as it was detected in prison.” The release
“Since the results of daily testing, the number of COVID-19 positive cases at the facility has declined, indicating rapid efforts to reduce prevalence are working.”
Nationally, this edition has seen more than 1,200 cases in 42 states. The data Compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although this figure is low; As of Wednesday morning, the CDC listed 67 cases of variant in Michigan.
UK officials and scientists had previously estimated that the variant is 70 percent more susceptible than previous strains. Scientists from the British government concluded on Friday that it was “likely that infection” with type B.1.1.7 “is associated with a greater risk of hospitalization and death” than with other patients, though A number of limitations were noted with those findings, including fatal numbers believed to be “too low for reliable intervention”, and the conclusions were not unanimous.
Recently approved vaccines are believed to remain effective against variants, with some companies now planning variant booster shots for strain-related protection.
Michigan officials recommend several measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and variants, such as frequent hand washing, use of masks, proper distance from others, indoor ventilation, and obtaining a vaccine when available.