About a week ago, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported the first UK COVID-19 variant in Martin County, making it the third state to confirm a case.
Now after a week has past, that number has risen to 22. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today that 52 cases have been seen in the United States to date–California (26), Florida (22), Colorado (2), Georgia (1) and New York (1).
CDC notes the cases identified above are based on a sampling of SARS-CoV-2-positive specimens and do not represent the total number of B.1.1.7 lineage cases that may be circulating in the United States.
In an update on the vaccine distribution in Florida, DOH reports a total of 329,060 people have been vaccinated, including 5,917 people who have completed the two-vaccine series.
To date, Florida has reported more than 1.4 million COVID-19 cases, including 22,317 deaths in state residents.