Officials: More contagious virus variant found in Indiana

State health officials say a more contagious variant of the coronavirus that was first identified in the United Kingdom late last year has been found in Indiana. The Indiana State Department of Health said the variant was identified through testing by the state agency’s laboratory and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but Monday’s announcement included no additional information on its discovery in Indiana. State Health Commissioner Kris Box said in a statement the variant “does not cause more severe infections, but it is much more easily spread.” She says it’s discovery means that “it’s more important than ever” for Hoosiers to continue wearing masks and taking other precautions.

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