Public health officials in Dendy, Wisconsin, said a recent major COVID-19 outbreak in a nursery was related to the so-called “British variant” virus.
In a press release, the Madison and Dane County Department of Public Health did not identify childcare centers, but said contact tracing showed that the disease was spreading rapidly among children, parents, and childcare workers. As of Monday, 21 children and workers have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as 16 family members of these children or workers.
According to health officials, most infected children have mild symptoms. They said the outbreak emphasized the importance of having children tested for the virus in childcare and school settings.
“We know that these variants are more contagious, and younger children cannot be vaccinated yet, so it is important to remind us that we must all continue to take preventive measures. If you have any symptoms, please get tested; If children have symptoms, please test them and get the vaccine as soon as possible. The vaccine is effective against serious diseases and deaths from COVID-19 infection even for the most common variants.” PHMDC Director Janel Heinrich said.
As of last week, the Wisconsin Department of Health has confirmed at least 139 cases of the “British variant” of coronavirus B.1.1.7. As the number of variants increases, the state is now tracking these cases on the DHS website.
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