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Governor Gavin Newsom says ‘super-COVID-19’ strain has been found in California


The first case of the mutant ‘super-COVID-19’ strain has been found in southern #California, #Governor #Gavin #Newsom said #Wednesday.

#Newsom made the announcement that the ‘super-COVID’ strain had landed in #California during a virtual conversation with #Dr. #Anthony #Fauci #Wednesday afternoon.

‘#Just an hour or so ago we were informed that this new variant, this new strain that we have identified obviously from the UK and some other parts of the globe, identified in #Colorado yesterday has been identified here in the state of #California, in southern #California,’ he said.

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#This comes after the first US case of the mutant strain – first detected in the UK – was confirmed in #Colorado this week.

#Colorado officials said #Tuesday they had identified the strain in a male member of the #National #Guard working in a care home, who had no recent travel history. A second suspected case was also being investigated in the state #Wednesday.

#Newsom’s announcement takes the number of US states struck by the new strain up to two in as many days as experts warn it is only a matter of time before other states also spot the new variant.

The strain is not thought to be more deadly but is said to be 70 percent more contagious, marking a blow to the #Golden #State which is already buckling under the weight of the pandemic.

#One #Californian is now dying every three minutes from the virus with the state smashing its record for daily COVID-19 deaths #Tuesday.

The first case of the ‘super-COVID-19’ strain has been found in #California, #Governor #Gavin #Newsom said #Wednesday

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#Newsom did not say where the case was detected other than southern #California.

#He also gave no details on the identity of the individual or whether they have recently traveled.

#Alarm bells were raised #Tuesday when it emerged that the #Colorado male in his 20s who became the first known case of the more infectious strain had not been traveling, meaning the variant must already be circulating on US soil.

#Newsom asked #Fauci about the new strain and what it could mean for the state and the US, as the nation’s worst fears that the new variant may have landed in #America were realized this week.

‘I know there has been a lot of conversations about the issue of variants, about the issue of transmissibility,’ he said.

‘I am curious more broadly on the issue of diagnostics on the testing side, immunity… have we received enough information to really understand the impacts in other categories? #Not just on the issue of severity of the disease and the transmissibility of this disease.’

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#Fauci told #Newsom he was ‘not surprised’ that there was a case detected in #California and said he is expecting to see other states report cases of the strain.

‘I am not surprised that you have a case and likely more cases in #California,’ the nation’s top immunologist said.

‘#We likely will be seeing reports from other states – #Colorado was the first place to do that and I think we will start seeing it as if you have that much of a prominence of this in the UK with all the travel not just directly to the #United #States but through other countries intermittently like when you go from the UK to #France, #France to the #Unites #States etc. then #Canada has cases.

‘#And so I don’t think the #Californians should feel this is something odd. #This is something that is expected.’

Newsom made the announcement that the 'super-COVID' strain had landed in California during a virtual conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci Wednesday afternoon

#Newsom made the announcement that the ‘super-COVID’ strain had landed in #California during a virtual conversation with #Dr. #Anthony #Fauci #Wednesday afternoon

Fauci told Newsom he was 'not surprised' that there was a case detected in California and said he is expecting to see other states report cases of the strain

#Fauci told #Newsom he was ‘not surprised’ that there was a case detected in #California and said he is expecting to see other states report cases of the strain

#Fauci said there is ‘a lot we know’ already about the new strain because UK experts have been studying it but there is also a lot that will become clear as the ‘days and weeks go by’.

‘#It looks pretty clear from the UK group that in fact the transmissibility of this mutant is more efficient than the transmissibility of the standard virus that we have been dealing with up to now,’ he explained.

The announcement of #California’s first case of the new variant comes one day after #Colorado announced it had detected the US’s first case of the mutant strain and just hours after officials said they believed they had detected the second.

#Governor #Jared #Polis revealed on #Tuesday that #Colorado had confirmed the country’s first case of the more infectious strain in a person in their 20s with no recent travel history.

The #National #Guard member likely got it within the state, because they had no recent travel history.

Their lack of travel history is particularly alarming, because it means the man caught the virus locally, suggesting it is already spreading in the community.

‘#Because the variants spread more rapidly, they could lead to more cases and put even more strain on our already heavily burdened health-care systems,’ said the head of the CDC’s division for emergency preparedness for emergency infections, #Dr #Henry #Walke on a #Wednesday press call.

#Elbert #County health director #Dwayne #Smith told CNN #Wednesday that officials are now investigating a second person thought to have the more contagious strain first detected in #September in the UK.

#Both people suspected of having ‘super-COVID’ are members of the #National #Guard who had worked at the #Good #Samaritan #Society assisted living facility in #Simla, #Colorado, which is in #Elbert #County.

#Neither man resides in #Elbert #County, and #Smith told CNN there is ‘no indication at this point’ that the new strain of coronavirus has traveled outside the facility where they worked.

#Each patient is isolating outside the county. #It’s unclear if the two workers may have infected – or been infected by – at-risk residents of the facility.

Governor Jared Polis released this statement saying the person infected is a man in his 20s who had not been traveling

#Governor #Jared #Polis released this statement saying the person infected is a man in his 20s who had not been traveling

So far, no cases or suspected cases have been reported outside the facility in Simla, about an hour and a half outside of Denver, but the first confirmed patient had no history of recent travel, suggesting the new strain is already spreading in Colorado

#So far, no cases or suspected cases have been reported outside the facility in #Simla, about an hour and a half outside of #Denver, but the first confirmed patient had no history of recent travel, suggesting the new strain is already spreading in #Colorado

The state health department said in a #Wednesday press conference that its lab is working on sequencing the virus detected in the second man.

#Dr #Rachel #Herlihy, state epidemiologist, said the confirmed and suspected cases were two of six #National #Guard members deployed to #Good #Samaritan #Society’s nursing home.

#So far, none of the other four have tested positive for COVID-19.

#An investigation to see if there are other cases at the nursing home is now underway.

#Colorado has thus far tested 22 samples suspected to have the new variant, and it has been ruled out in all but the two #National #Guard members.

#Scientists are not yet sure if the two #National #Guard members contracted the #British variant of coronavirus at the nursing home or outside of it, and perhaps transmitted on the premises.

#It is not believed that B.1.1.7 leads to more severe cases, and higher mortality rates have not been reported.

‘#At this time, there is no evidence that this variant causes more severe illness or increased risk of death,’ the CDC stated on their website.

#While the strain may not be more deadly, the fact it is deemed to be more contagious spells bad news for #California where cases, deaths and hospitalizations are soaring to record levels.

#California broke its record for COVID-19 deaths in a single day on #Tuesday with 432 as overwhelmed hospitals prepare to ration care.

The #Golden #State is now seeing one coronavirus death every three minutes, with a total of 24,958 reported to date.

#More than half of #Tuesday’s statewide death toll came from #Los #Angeles #County, where 242 fatalities were reported, according to a tally by the LA #Times, bringing the total to date to 9,806.

The county, the nation’s most populous with a quarter of #California’s 40 million residents, has seen hospitalizations grow by nearly 1,000 percent in the last two months to 7,181 as of #Wednesday.

#State officials extended strict stay-at-home orders indefinitely in #Southern #California and the #San #Joaquin #Valley on #Tuesday as both regions reel from surges in hospitalizations and zero intensive care unit capacity.

#California #Health and #Human #Services #Secretary #Dr #Mark #Ghaly said the orders will be lifted when the regions show ‘ICU projections above or equal to 15 percent’.

#But the regions have a long way to go to reach those numbers, #Ghaly said, citing four-week projections which show that demand will continue to exceed available capacity for at least the next month.

#Newsom has warned residents to brace for a ‘surge upon surge upon surge’ of coronavirus cases in the coming weeks as the effects of holiday travel and gatherings come to fruition.

#What is the ‘mutant COVID strain’ and why are experts concerned?

#Coronaviruses mutate regularly, acquiring about one new mutation in their genome every two weeks.

#Most mutations do not significantly change the way the virus acts.

#This super strain, named B.1.1.7, was first identified in the UK in #November.

#It has since been found in #France, #Spain, #Italy, #Iceland, #Japan, #Singapore, #Australia and now the #United #States.

The new COVID-19 variant has a mutation in the receptor binding domain (RBD) of the spike protein at position 501, where amino acid asparagine (N) has been replaced with tyrosine (Y).

#It is more infectious than previous strains and potentially more harmful to children.

#It is not, however, believed to be any more lethal.

#Public #Health #England researchers compared 1,769 people infected with the new variant, with 1,769 who had one of the earlier strains of the virus.

#Forty-two people in the group were admitted to hospital, of whom 16 had the new variant and 26 the wild type.

#Twelve of the variant cases and 10 of the ‘older’ virus cases died within four weeks of testing.

#Neither the hospitalization nor the mortality differences were statistically significant.



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