First case of Brazil COVID-19 variant found in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials say a COVID-19 variant identified in Brazil has been detected in Washington state. Public Health – Seattle & King County announced Thursday that the UW Medicine Virology Lab detected the presence of the P.1 variant in a COVID-19 King County test sample. All three COVID-19 variants, including those first identified in the UK and in South Africa, now have been detected in Washington state. Researchers believe those variants of COVID-19 may spread more easily. Officials urge people to continue measures such as physical distancing and mask wearing to limit COVID-19 spread.