Kern County gets first case of delta COVID-19 variant

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kern County has its first case of the delta COVID-19 variant, according to new data from the county Public Health Services department.

The department is reporting on its dashboard that the county has one case of the B 1.617.2 variant that was first detected in India in October and has begun to make its way to the U.S. It is considered a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization due to its increased transmissibility.

The delta variant currently makes up 6% of all COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to the Associated Press.

A recent United Kingdom study determined that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are highly effective against the variant.

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