The Linn County Health Department has been notified by the state’s department of health and senior services that the Indian variant of COVID-19 is circulating though the county. Livingston County has also shared they have both the Indian and UK variants circulating through the county. The Indian variant is of interest by the CDC, as seems to take a smaller viral load to infect, and may be up to 50% more contagious than the U.K. variant. The U.K. variant is shown to be 50% more contagious than the original virus. The Linn County Health Department says all three types of vaccine being used in the United States have proven effective against the variants circulating in the nation by lessening symptoms of COVID-19 and reducing hospitalization and death.