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MN health officials see uptick in COVID-19 variants

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DULUTH, MN-- Minnesota state officials are advising people to stay vigilant as more cases of COVID-19 variants surface.

During a call Tuesday state officials said they're concerned as health officials have seen an uptick of variants.

At last count, Minnesota had reported 40 cases of the UK strain, known as B117, and two cases of a variant originally detected in Brazil.

As more vaccines roll out health officials say this isn't the time to get comfortable just yet.

"The variants are yet another reason we need to keep up the simple but effective prevention methods of masking, keeping socially distant, staying home when sick, and getting tested," said MDH Director of Infectious Disease, Kris Ehresmann.

Minnesota has administered more than 927,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

State officials say they're hoping to reach one-million within the coming weeks.

Lyanne Valdez

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