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COVID-19 Variants Showing Up In Illinois Patients

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The first case of the COVID-19 variant found in South Africa is being reported in Illinois. A Rock Island resident reportedly contracted the variant, according to the state Department of Public Health. Additionally, the COVID-19 variant that was first reported in the United Kingdom is showing up in 22 Illinoisans as of Thursday’s update. Health officials warn that the variants have a tendency to spread even more rapidly than the COVID-19 virus itself.

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