DOOR COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – A Door County case tested positive for COVID-19 variant B.1.351 that was originally discovered in South Africa in 2020.

According to Door County Public Health, they were informed that a Door County case was positive for the B.1.351 variant.

The DHS reports, eight cases of the B.1.351 variant have been found across Wisconsin. The DHS says, researchers have found that this strain also spreads more rapidly and easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is not yet known if this variant has any impact on disease severity. There is some evidence that this variant may affect how vaccine-induced antibodies respond to this virus.

Door County also released an emergency advisory regarding the use of face-coverings. Effective April 1, the advisory says that everyone five and older should wear a mask or face covering when in public. The advisory is in effect until further notice.

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