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First case of new variant of COVID-19 reported in Colorado


The first reported U.S. case of a COVID-19 variant seen in the #United #Kingdom was discovered in #Colorado, #Governor #Jared #Polis announced #Tuesday.

The coronavirus variant was found in a man in his 20s who is in isolation southeast of #Denver and has not traveled, state officials reported.

The #Colorado #State #Laboratory confirmed the virus variant, and it was notified to the US #Centers for #Disease #Control and #Prevention (CDC).

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#Scientists in the UK believe that the new variant of the virus is more contagious than previously identified strains. #Vaccines currently being administered are believed to be effective against the variant, #Colorado health officials reported in a news release.

#Public health officials are investigating other possible cases and conducting contact monitoring to determine the extent of the spread of the variant in the state.

“There is a lot we don’t know about this new variant of COVID-19, but scientists in the UK have warned the world that it is far more contagious. The health and safety of #Coloradans is our priority and we will be very vigilant about this case, as well as all the indicators of COVID-19, ”said #Polis.

#Polis and state health officials are scheduled to hold a press conference on #Wednesday.

#Due to the discovery of the new variant, the CDC issued new rules on #Christmas #Day for people arriving in the #United #States from the #United #Kingdom, requiring that they show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.

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