MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Brazilian variant of the coronavirus has been found in Shelby County according to deputy director David Sweat.
The new variant worries public health officials because it’s shown the capacity to reinfect people who’ve already had COVID-19.
The U.K. and South African variants have also been detected in Shelby County.
This is the second case of the Brazilian variant found in Shelby County.
On Monday, the Shelby County Health Department reported 78 new COVID-19 cases within the last 24 hours along with one additional death.
There have been 91,037 cases and 1,567 deaths in Shelby County since the start of the pandemic.
And over the weekend, the county surpassed a milestone, administering over 200,000 first-dose vaccines along with nearly 300,000 total doses being administered.
The Tennessee Department of Health also reported another 1,288 cases and 14 additional deaths statewide.
There have been more than 809,000 cases and 11,866 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. TDH says of that total case number, 784,267 cases are considered inactive/recovered.
According to state COVID-19 data, there are 13,559 active cases in the Volunteer State as of Monday afternoon. And another 839 people are battling the virus in hospitals across the state.