An outbreak of a contagious COVID-19 variant at a Dane County child care center has infected 35 people, including 16 children and five child care workers, the county health department said.
The B.1.1.7 variant, which was first identified in the United Kingdom, has been found in cases associated with the center, according to Public Health Madison and Dane County.
The virus spread quickly among children, family members and workers, the health department said. All the children who tested positive are 6 years old or younger.
“This is an important reminder that we must all continue to take precautions," health department director Janel Heinrich said in a statement.
Fourteen family members of children and workers are among the 35 people who have tested positive.
"Most of the children associated with the outbreak had very mild symptoms," the health department said in a news release.