A new coronavirus variant has been tied to at least 90 infections in a deadly outbreak at a medical center in San Jose, California
- A new
coronavirus variantis linked to a deadly COVID-19outbreak at Kaiser Permanente San JoseMedical Center. The outbreak has resulted in at least 90 infections and one death.
- The variant called L452R was discovered in other countries and states last year.
- It's different than another, more transmissible variant that was initially discovered in the UK.
The variant known as L452R has been discovered in other states and countries, but is now spreading rapidly through
The statement said the variant was linked to the Kaiser Permanente outbreak, which resulted in the death of one staff member. County health officials have fined the medical center $43,000 for alleged delays in reporting cases, NBC reported. The facility denied the delay.The cases are believed to be tied to an employee who wore an inflatable costume on Christmas to cheer patients up. The fan on the "air-powered costume" could have spread droplets to 77 staff members and 15 patients. This variant has been found in several other counties, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, however, how prevalent it is across the state or country is not yet known since genomic sequencing is not done equally across the state.
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