First case of South African variant identified in Harrison County resident
By LEAH WILLINGHAM
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The South African coronavirus variant has been discovered in a Mississippi resident for the first time.
State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said a resident of Harrison County on the Mississippi Coast contracted the strain, which is believed to be more infectious. There have been more than 140 cases of the variant detected in at least 25 states.
Dobbs says the discovery of the South African variant in Mississippi is “a strong reminder that we are not remotely out of this (pandemic) and we still need to exercise some basic caution.” He advised mask-wearing and not gathering in large groups.