Oregon reports 1st case of United Kingdom COVID-19 variant

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials have confirmed the state’s first case of the COVID-19 variant that’s been seen in the United Kingdom. The Oregon Health Authority said on Friday the Multnomah County resident with no known travel history had tested positive for the variant COVID-19 virus strain. Cases of the United Kingdom variant have also been reported in Utah, Colorado, California, Georgia, Florida and New York. Officials say finding the variant in the state is a concern and they urged people to keep following public health measures including wearing masks, maintaining 6 feet of physical distance, staying home, washing hands, and avoiding gatherings and travel.