India COVID-19 variant identified in ‘cluster’ of cases in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma health officials are urging people to get tested if they’re feeling COVID-19 symptoms after finding a “cluster” of cases of the virus variant that’s plagued India in recent weeks.

The state’s Public Health Lab identified 17 recent cases of the B.1.617.2 variant, 13 of which were associated with Cleveland County.

The new cases bring the state’s findings of the India variant to 18.

“While we are still identifying all the details of exposure and contact tracing, the presence of variants reinforces the importance of seeking out testing if you are symptomatic,” says State Epidemiologist Jolianne Stone.

“We urge Oklahomans to get tested if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated. Identifying and tracing new variants is critical to our ability to respond and mitigate community transmission of the virus.”

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, three of the 17 people with the variant had been fully vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine, and two had been partially vaccinated when symptoms started at some point between April 16-27.

The cases were identified across all age groups and have all of them had symptoms the most recent case known to the state health department was May 6.

None of the people diagnosed were hospitalized.