By Will Fritz
Staff Writer 

First known case of more contagious coronavirus variant detected in San Diego County patient


Last updated 1/6/2021 at 4:11pm

Coronavirus variant

The first known case of a new and apparently more contagious variant of the coronavirus in California was found in a San Diego County patient, a county supervisor confirmed Wednesday, Dec. 30.

San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said at the county's coronavirus briefing Wednesday afternoon that the variant had been detected in a 30-year-old man who developed COVID-19 symptoms on Dec. 27 and tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. Fletcher said a Scripps Research lab was able to confirm by 3 a.m., Wednesday, that the strain of virus detected in the man was in fact the variant...

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