Missouri State Health Officials Confirm Highly Contagious Variant of COVID-19 in Marion County

Sate Health officials are saying that the first case in Missouri of a highly contagious variant of the coronavirus has been recorded in Marion County.

The announcement was made on Saturday by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service.

The department says that the variant of the virus that was first identified last fall in the United Kingdom had been confirmed in a person who lives in Marion County.

The variant of the virus, which is believed to spread faster than the original coronavirus, has already been found in 33 states.