Colorado health officials have confirmed the first case in the United States of a variant of the CCP Virus (COVID-19), the same variant discovered in Britain a few weeks ago, prompting a new round of lockdowns.
The infected individual is a man in his twenties with no travel history, and he is currently recovering in isolation in Elbert County.
Scientists believe the new strain to be more contagious, “There is a lot we don’t know about this new COVID-19 variant, but scientists in the United Kingdom are warning the world that it is significantly more contagious. The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority and we will closely monitor this case, as well as all COVID-19 indicators, very closely. We are working to prevent spread and contain the virus at all levels,” said Gov. Jared Polis, as reported by Fox21.
The Colorado State Laboratory confirmed and notified the Center for Disease Control (CDC) of the case. Every effort is directed at containing and preventing the spread of the new strain.
“The fact that Colorado has detected this variant first in the nation is a testament to the sophistication of Colorado’s response and the talent of CDPHE’s scientist and lab operations,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). “We are currently using all the tools available to protect public health and mitigate the spread of this variant.”
Contact tracing interviews are being conducted to identify any other positive cases, and so far there have been no close contacts identified.
“The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority and we will closely monitor this case, as well as all COVID-19 indicators, very closely,” Polis said in a statement. “We are working to prevent spread and contain the virus at all levels.”
Today we discovered Colorado’s first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the UK.
The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority and we will monitor this case, as well as all COVID-19 indicators, very closely. pic.twitter.com/fjyq7QhzBi
— Governor Jared Polis (@GovofCO) December 29, 2020
Although the new strain appears more contagious, its symptoms are no more severe than the original strain. UK scientists believe the current vaccines will be effective against the new strain.