First case of new coronavirus variant detected in USA state Colorado

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 11, 2021

ABC News reports "Today, Gov. Polis and state health officials announced Colorado's first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the United Kingdom".

DENVER (STL.News) Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado's response to the state's confirmation of the first known variant case of COVID-19 in the U.S. Gov. Polis was joined by Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, CDPHE; Dr. Emily Travanty, PhD, Scientific Director, Laboratory Services Division, CDPHE; and Dr. Eric France, Chief Medical Officer, CDPHE.

Meanwhile, the California reported its first case of the COVID-19 variant in the southern part of the state.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said that the man who tested positive is in his 20s, has not been traveling and is now isolating. The strain spreads faster than other virus variants but it's not clear why.

The first case was detected in Colorado, and the second in California.

Officials from the agency said scientists are now investigating whether the new mutations of the virus are more unsafe and whether they will affect the effectiveness of vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement that it expects "there will be additional cases that are likely to be detected in the coming days".

He's one of two Colorado National Guard members who were sent to help with staffing at the Good Samaritan Society facility.

There was a virus outbreak in the facility in mid-December and the soldiers were deployed on December 23 and got tested as routine procedure the following day.

San Diego County officials said that the patient was in his 30s and also had no travel history like the other patients.

Another spike in cases caused by the variant could cause some trouble in health care facilities. "It's not uncommon for a virus to mutate or change, and some early evidence from the United Kingdom shows that this variant may spread more quickly", the Governor said.

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