A new and possibly more contagious strain of coronavirus, called B.1.1.7, was first detected in the U.K. in December. It has since found its way to 21 states. WCNC-TV reports the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has identified a positive case of the new strain in Mecklenburg County.
According to the report, NCDHHS epidemiologist Zack Moore said it was only a matter of time before B.1.1.7 showed up in the U.S. and that it might become the predominant strain by March, which could cause a spike in cases when they were predicted to go down. Fortunately, the current COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be effective against B.1.1.7. You can read more from the report HERE.