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Delta variant identified from specimens of Lewis, Idaho county residents

LEWISTON - Public Health - Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) is reporting that COVID-19 genetic sequencing of specimens collected from Lewis and Idaho county residents have been confirmed to be COVID-19 Delta variant.

Data show the Delta variant is different than past versions of the virus because it's much more contagious and some vaccinated people can get Delta in a breakthrough infection and may be contagious. However, vaccinated individuals represent a very small amount of transmission happening around the country.

With the Delta variant's presence and increased transmissibility, testing remains a very important part of managing the pandemic regardless of vaccine status. Identifying illness early allows people to get proper care and prevent spread to family, friends, and others in the community.

COVID-19 case counts in all counties of PH-INCD continue to rise, mirroring both the state and national trends associated with Delta variant. Although it has been expected that this variant has been present in regional communities, this now confirms that expectation. PH-INCD would encourage residents to follow the latest CDC recommendations for their safety as well as the safety of the communities. It is the hope that with increased vaccinations and established prevention measures, the spread of the Delta variant and others will be halted or slowed protecting ones life and that of family and those in the community.

To reduce infections and to slow transmission of COVID-19, do the following:

  • Get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover mouth and nose with a mask when in public settings or around others
  • Maintain at least six feet distance between oneself and people coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching the face.
  • Cover ones mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if feeling unwell.
  • Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
  • Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.

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