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LSU Health Shreveport.

LSU Health Shreveport announced Wednesday, Oct. 13, that their EVT Viral Genomics and Sequencing Lab is the first in the state to sequence and report a new variant of COVID-19 in Louisiana.

The new variant, B.1.630, was sequenced last week from two samples collected in Baton Rouge.

“Thanks to our many partnerships across the state, our EVT Viral Genomics and Sequencing Lab is able to sequence a large variety of samples which increases our chances of finding new variants. Genomic sequencing and the data this science provides is important to continuing our mission of public health surveillance so we can help best protect citizens of Louisiana throughout the duration of this pandemic,” Dr. Chris Kevil, Vice Chancellor for Research at LSU Health Shreveport said.

The EVT Viral Genomics and Sequencing Lab has completed genome sequencing for more than 7,000 COVID-19 test samples and is the top submitter in the state of Louisiana to the global GISAID database. LSUHS scientists are still seeing the B.1.617.2 (Delta) SARS-CoV-2 variant as the most prevalent in North Louisiana.

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