MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin health officials say a new, more contagious form of the COVID-19 virus has been detected in the state.
The Department of Health Services says the variant was detected through routine genome sequencing of specimens collected in testing.
The variant form of the virus was first discovered in England in November and December last year.
The variant has since turned up in Colorado, California, Florida, Minnesota, New York and Georgia.
Health officials say the variant isn’t any deadlier and vaccines should be effective against it.