Michigan outpacing Ohio in coronavirus cases linked to U.K. variant, but its becoming more common in the Buckeye State


Michigan has seen 1,237 cases of the U.K. variant of the virus, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ohio has seen 305 cases.

Evan MacDonald, cleveland.com CLEVELAND, Ohio The more contagious coronavirus variant first detected in the U.K. is far more prevalent in Michigan than Ohio. But trends suggest its becoming more common in the Buckeye State, too. Michigan has seen 1,237 cases of the U.K. variant of the virus, which is also known as B.1.1.7 according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ohio has seen 305 cases The prevalence of the U.K. variant is likely driving a surge of coronavirus infections in Michigan that is outpacing the current upward trend seen in Ohio, said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, the chief medical officer for the Ohio Department of Health. Michigans upturn is more than three-and-a-half times what were seeing in Ohio at this point, and it appears to be driven substantially by variants, Vanderhoff said during Thursdays coronavirus briefing. Most of Ohios cases have been found in Zone 1 of its regional coronavirus map. The zone includes the northwestern part of the state, include the area near the Michigan border, Vanderhoff said. Coronavirus variants are becoming more common in Ohio. The state reported 92 cases linked to variants on March 12 and 173 on March 19. On Thursday, Ohio reported 620 cases linked to variants, Vanderhoff said. Approximately 80% of those 620 cases are linked to the U.K. variant or two coronavirus variants discovered in California, Vanderhoff said. Those coronavirus variants may be part of the reason Ohio has seen a recent increase in coronavirus infections. Last week, the state reported a one-week average of roughly 1,500 new cases per day. This week the state reported a one-week average of nearly 1,800 new cases per day, including nearly 2,500 on Wednesday. Ohio remains in a race against a virus that is now more contagious and is right back on our heels, Vanderhoff said. The recent increase in cases underscores why everyone who is eligible for a coronavirus vaccine should get one, and the continued need for face masks and social distancing to mitigate the spread of infection, Vanderhoff said. The U.K. variant now accounts for 26% of all cases in the U.S, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday. Florida has seen the largest number of cases linked to the U.K. variant followed by Michigan, Wisconsin and California. The U.K. variant is roughly doubling in prevalence each week and could soon become the most dominant variant in America, according to a study published in the journal Cell The study found the variant may be 40 to 50% more transmissible than the typical version of the coronavirus. Other studies have also found the variant is more likely to cause death Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. Disclaimer Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/21).




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