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Shenandoah University has begun testing for variant strains of COVID-19 providing a viral outlook for Winchester Frederick County.
The University’s biopharmaceutical science department have started testing positive samples to identify any possible variants, none have been found yet.
Should they find any they report to the public health officials and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Testing gives health professionals a better idea of what the local outbreak looks like and is the only way to find new and existing mutations of the virus.
Shenandoah is the only university sequencing for COVID variants locally joining Harvard Medical School, Stanford and Cornell Universities.
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