Florida Department of Health confirms Florida has evidence of first identified case of UK COVID-19 variant

First case identified on Florida’s East Coast
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 1:03 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WWSB) - While people were saying goodbye to 2020 last night, the Florida Department of Health posted just after 8pm on Twitter, confirming the first identified case of the COVID-19 variant in the state. In that tweet, the Florida Department of Health reported it has evidence of the first identified case of the new strain in Martin County. The Health Department confirms the person who tested positive is a man in his 20s with no history of travel. The Florida Department of health confirms it is investigating and working with the Centers for Disease Control.

The Florida Department of Health also posted on their Twitter account that at this time, experts anticipate little to no impact on the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine and that the state’s vaccination efforts are continuing, even with the report of the new variant strain here in the state.

Published reports show Colorado announced the first case of the new COVID-19 variant in the United States on Tuesday. A second known case was reported on Wednesday in California.

Today the Florida Department of Health also sent an update that they will not be issuing their daily COVID-19 report today, but confirm they will resume tomorrow, January 2, 2021.

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