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Since beginning of pandemic, 8 COVID mutations detected in Hawaii

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, S&G Labs of Hawaii quickly pivoted to provide COVID-19...
When the pandemic hit in March 2020, S&G Labs of Hawaii quickly pivoted to provide COVID-19 testing. The small lab in Kona has done more than 66,000 coronavirus tests.(Sarah Anderson | Courtesy: S&G Labs)
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 12:33 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Eight COVID mutations have been detected in Hawaii so far, according to a new state Health Department report.

The California strain has been the most prevalent, with more than 675 cases identified.

State Health Department lab sequencing also found over 400 cases of the UK variant.

Also found in the islands: The Brazil mutation and one from South Africa.

The variants found are believed to be more transmissible, but not are considered “high consequence.” The CDC describes those as being able to reduce the effectiveness of vaccines.

One variant that has so far not been detected in Hawaii is the so-called Delta mutation. The variant emerged in India, and is now the dominant strain in the UK.

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