Maryland state health officials have confirmed a case of a more contagious coronavirus strain first identified in South Africa, according to a press release from Gov. Larry Hogan’s office.
The announcement comes after South Carolina identified the first known case of the Covid-19 variant in the US earlier this week.
The Maryland case “involves an adult living in the Baltimore metro region," Hogan's office said.
"The individual has not traveled internationally, making community transmission likely. Comprehensive contact tracing efforts are underway to ensure that potential contacts are quickly identified, quarantined and tested,” Hogan’s office added in its statement.