Wisconsin health officials say a new, more contagious form of the COVID-19 virus has been detected in the state. The Department of Health Services says the variant was detected through routine genome sequencing of a specimens collected from a positive COVID-19 test in Eau Claire County. The variant form of the coronavirus was first discovered in England in November and December last year. The variant has since turned up in Colorado, California, Florida, Minnesota, New York and Georgia. Fond du Lac County Health Officer Kim Mueller says it was only a matter of time before it showed up in Wisconsin but says there is no evidence that it is any deadlier and says vaccines should be effective against it.