CDPH Issues Health Alert on COVID-19 Virus Variants, Posts Weekly Data

On Thursday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a Health Alert regarding the increasing identification of COVID-19 virus variants in California, in the U.S., and internationally. CDPH’s alert details the current virus variants of concern, consisting of the B.1.1.7, B.1.351, and P.1 variants, as well as current variants of interest, consisting of the B.1.429 and B.1.427 variants. CDPH provides guidance to local health departments and health care providers on collecting and submitting specimens for whole genome sequencing to identify potential virus variants.

As part of the CDPH Health Alert, CDPH has created a new webpage providing additional information on the COVID-19 virus variants. CDPH will post online each Thursday the number of identified variant cases in California. As of February 25, 2021, California has identified the following:

  • Variants of Concern
    • B.1.1.7: 206 cases
    • B.1.351: 2 cases
    • P.1: 0 cases
  • Variants of Interest
    • B.1.429: 1,088 cases
    • B.1.427: 2,771 cases

The CDPH Health Alert is available here. CDPH’s webpage on virus variant tracking is available here.