COVID-19 in Pa: Philadelphia-area woman diagnosed with UK variant of COVID-19

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (WPVI) – A type of covid-19, first identified in the United Kingdom, has been found in a woman in the Philadelphia region.

The news came after an investigation by the Philadelphia Public Health Department and the Bucks County Health Department.

Officials say the patient, her 50-year-old wife, began experiencing symptoms during the last week of December and was soon hospitalized.

The woman, a resident of both Philadelphia and Bucks County, is currently recovering.

Both health departments say they are working together to trace the contact.

UK scientists say there is no evidence of a more serious illness in this type, but it may be able to spread more easily.

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said it has not yet been proven that this type is more contagious than others, while research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that is the case.

“We are concerned that he is in Philadelphia. Everyone in the area should take this information as a reminder to be more consistent in wearing a mask and keeping distance from others.”

This is the second case of this variant seen in Pennsylvania. In the first case, a patient from Dolphin County experienced mild symptoms.

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