The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced three new cases of a more transmissible variant of Covid-19 on Sunday, bringing the state's total variant cases to six.
Two of the new cases were adult women associated with the University of Michigan, which already had three cases of the same variant. The remaining case was an adult man from Wayne County, which covers Detroit and Dearborn, according to a news release from the department.
Michigan DHHS ordered the University of Michigan to halt athletics after new variant cases were connected to the program.
The new variant cases in Michigan are all of the B.1.1.7 variant, according to the health department.
That variant was first identified in the United Kingdom, but there are other variants first seen in South Africa and Brazil.
While B.1.1.7 may be more easily passed from person to person, "there has been no indication that it affects the clinical outcomes or disease severity compared to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that has been circulating across the United States for months," Michigan DHHS noted in its alert.