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Delta Variant Confirmed In West Michigan

Nurse wearing face mask, face shield, protective suit and gloves administers a COVID-19 test to a man. Another caregiver wearing personal protective equipment stands in the background.
The state has seen more than 30 cases of the Delta variant in several counties.

Health officials in Ottawa County are warning residents a new highly contagious variant of the coronavirus has made its way into West Michigan.

Officials from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Saturday the first case of someone carrying the COVID-19 Delta variant in Ottawa County.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies the Delta variant as a "variant of concern." It's a label given to strains believed to be more transmissible or able to cause more serious disease.

Health officials say the identified case was a vaccinated adult in their 50s who had recently traveled within the United States.

The case is the first of the variant in West Michigan but not in the state as a whole which has seen more than 30 cases in several counties.

The health department is urging those who have not been vaccinated to do so.

Though the Ottawa County case was in a vaccinated individual, data shows the mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna still work well against the variant.

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