Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday the state now has two cases of the U.K. variant of the coronavirus.
The governor said before the start of a press conference on redistricting that the state public health lab confirmed the UK strain from two Anne Arundel County residents. One person traveled to “multiple continents” and became sick when returning home, he said.
The couple remains in isolation and has two children remaining at home with them.
Hogan said the state will conduct contact tracing as a way to assess who they came in contact with.
He said a private lab handled the test and sent it to the state’s public health lab, which then sent the results to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and also confirmed it was the UK strain.
Hogan said he didn’t know when the couple traveled, tests got conducted and when the lab ascertained the results.
“It’s very limited [information] at this point,” Hogan said.
Health officials have said the UK variant is much more contagious than the coronavirus that has ravaged the world over the past year, though it isn’t suspected to be more virulent.
Anne Arundel borders Prince George’s County, which continues to
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