The Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed Monday that the B.1.1.7. variant of COVID-19, commonly referred to as the U.K. variant, has been located in one of the state’s long-term care facilities.
According to a news release from the IDPH, cases of the variant have been detected in individuals who were partially or completely vaccinated against COVID-19. The U.K. variant of COVID-19 is more transmissible than other variants of the virus.
Although the facility was not named, as of Monday the state was reporting just three facilities statewide had positive residents; Polk, Washington and Wapello, with each county having just one facility with a total of 30 positive cases.
The IDPH went on to emphasize that vaccination helps prevent extreme outcomes in individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The department encourages all Iowans to get tested for COVID-19 if they experience symptoms regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.