COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland health officials said 64 cases of the Delta variant were discovered here in Maryland — with only a handful of people being hospitalized.

The Delta variant is a more contagious COVID-19 virus.

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Maryland Deputy Health Secretary Jinlene Chan said of the people hospitalized post vaccine, they have primarily had the Alpha variant, previously known as the UK variant.

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“We are keeping a very close eye, of course, on this new Delta variant,” Chan said.

Chan shared the information during a press conference Wednesday, where Gov. Larry Hogan announced a scholarship lottery for 12 to 17 year olds who are vaccinated.

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CBS Baltimore Staff