Nation’s first case of COVID-19 variant confirmed in Colorado

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On Wednesday, health officials in California also announced a confirmed case of the new COVID-19 strain.

The more contagious variant of COVID-19 first found in the United Kingdom is officially in the U.S.

"The individual is a man in his 20s who was working in Simla, not recently traveled", Colorado Governor Jared Polis said, "He's now recovering in isolation, mild symptoms". The state is also investigating a second sample that was identified as a possible B.1.1.7 strain, but the sequence of that case has not been confirmed.

So now, Bedford is anxious that there will be another spike in the virus just like it did in spring since the "virus has just gotten a little bit faster "than the vaccine".

The first case was detected in Colorado, and the second in California. That individual is in isolation in Elbert County, located southeast of Denver.

"It could be because the virus replicates faster and so you get a higher viral load, which means you're more infectious", Peter Horby from New & Emerging Respiratory Threat Advisory Group said.

The guard member, who is in his 20s, was deployed at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Simla, where the Colorado National Guard is responding to an ongoing outbreak.

It's not yet clear if the soldiers were infected at the facility or elsewhere, but scientists are now "exploring possibilities", she said.

The guard members were tested on December 24. Here in the USA, a 30-year-old man also with no travel history has tested positive for the United Kingdom strain in California.

A highly contagious coronavirus variant first identified in Britain has been detected in Colorado, according to Gov. Jared Polis.

With the lack of travel history, there could be more cases of the variant spreading in the region as well, the officials said.

Another spike in cases caused by the variant could cause some trouble in health care facilities.

However, there is a bit of good news, doctors are optimistic the COVID-19 vaccines now being administered are effective against the new variant.

Models show that it has increased transmission of 70% compared to other variants.



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