April 2, 2021

B.1.1.7 COVID-19 Variant Confirmed in Lyon County

Lyon County Public Health and Flint Hills Community Health Center have confirmed the first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 (UK variant) in Lyon County. This variant seems to spread more easily and quickly than other variants and is associated with an increased risk of death.

To limit the spread of the disease, Public Health is increasing the quarantine period of those exposed from 10 days to 14 days. The increased quarantine period will go into effect on Monday, April 5.

We are recommending people continue to follow public health guidelines. Continue to wear masks, maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet, and avoid mass gatherings. The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to everyone 16and older in Lyon County. LCPH urges people to schedule their vaccinations at here or at one of the other vaccine providers in Lyon County.

"Preliminary data show that the COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States should provide an adequate degree of protection against SARS-CoV-2 variants," NIAID Director and White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a statement.