UK Variant Now Prevalent COVID-19 Strain in Iowa

Delaware County is seeing a slight increase in COVID-19 cases – and the UK variant is now believed to be the most prevalent COVID-19 strain here in Iowa.

It’s one of at least two coronavirus variants present in Iowa. Public officials say they have also confirmed a case of the more recent Brazil strain in Johnson County.

The UK variant is believed to be about 50% more infectious that the original coronavirus strain, but health officials say they are not seeing more severe illnesses from it.

Delaware County Public Health Coordinator Charity Loecke:

Around 4,000 Delaware County residents have been fully vaccinated so far – you’re considered fully vaccinated two weeks after getting your second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after your one and only Johnson & Johnson vaccine. But Loecke says it’s important to remember that even though you have been vaccinated, you still need to be taking precautions.

More opportunities have been opening up to get vaccinated in Delaware County, with clinics held last week in Manchester, Winthrop and Strawberry Point. The next scheduled clinic is next Thursday, April 29th at Regional Medical Center, with anyone 18 and older welcome to get the Moderna vaccine. Nearly three hundred doses will be given at that clinic, with most of those appointment slots already filled. Loecke says all vaccination appointments from this point forward are being done online, so go to their website to get signed up.

Local pharmacies, including Brehme Drug, are also continuing to offer the vaccine. And you can always find more information about vaccination opportunities online at vaccinate.iowa.gov.

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