Public Safety & Health

Mutated virus rears ugly head in state

The UK mutation

A more contagious mutation of the coronavirus that rapidly swept through the United Kingdom has made its way to Oregon – one case each in Yamhill and Multnomah counties – but none in Lane County, public health officials stated. 

Keeping the more-contagious strain at bay is a matter of keeping the county’s general case numbers low, said Jason Davis, Lane County Public Health spokesperson. “The fewer cases we have the fewer opportunities we present the virus the ability to mutate. That’s why we see so much mutation in influenza and common colds – just by virtue of the number of people who get it. The quicker we can move through the vaccine effort, the more that we can keep our case count low … the better we will be protected against.”



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