BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the first case of the COVID-19 variant on Sunday afternoon.
The variant, B.1.1.7, is the same that was initially discovered in the United Kingdom.
The Massachusetts resident who tested positive with the variant developed symptoms earlier this month. A genetic sample was sent to an out-of-state lab as part of the CDC surveillance process to identify variants.
The resident is a woman in her 20s from Boston who traveled to the United Kingdom after testing negative and became sick the day after she returned.
Contact tracers interviewed her and close contacts were identified. She is being re-interviewed by public health officials now that the variant has been identified.
Testing for the B.1.1.7 variant has been ongoing at the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory, according to DPH.
The CDC has reported 88 cases of the variant from 14 states.
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