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Virus variant identified in Britain found on Navajo Nation

COVID-19
Posted at 5:26 PM, Mar 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-30 20:26:10-04

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — A coronavirus variant first identified in Britain has been found on the Navajo Nation.

Tribal health officials said Tuesday that the United Kingdom strain was confirmed in a sample obtained in the western part of the reservation.

The Navajo Department of Health is working with states and other public health entities to identify any more variant cases.

Navajo President Jonathan Nez says the finding reinforces the need for social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands and limiting travel.

The person who tested positive for the variant on the Navajo Nation had been fully vaccinated and is now recovering.