SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) – Two people in San Bernardino County tested positive for the new strain of COVID-19, officials announced Monday.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the variant – believed to be more contagious, though not more severe, than the original virus – was also found in four people in San Diego County.
The variant was first identified last month in the United Kingdom.
Newsom added officials “anticipate there will be others identified” in the state, and that federal health officials believe the current COVID-19 vaccines will also protect against the new strain of the virus.
Officials told CBSLA last week one person who tested positive for the mutant strain is a 30-year-old man from San Diego County with no travel history.
As of last week, the variant had not been identified in Los Angeles County, according to health officials.
Newsom also urged residents to download the state’s CA Notify app.
The app uses contact tracing technology to notify users whether they have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Newsom said approximately 8 million people have opted in to the service.