U.S. officials revealed on Wednesday that the first highly contagious variant of Covid-19 confirmed in the United States made its debut in Colorado. He was a member of the Colorado National Guard and was deployed to a nursing home dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
Colorado epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said in a virtual update that the second member of the six-man National Guard sent to the Good Samaritan Society facility in Simla Township was also suspected of being infected with the variant.
She said: “In the state, we have identified a variant, a possible situation.”
Helich said they were part of six National Guard members who arrived at the facility about 45 miles northeast of Colorado Springs on December 23. They were tested for infection on Christmas Eve.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis said: “In Simla, they were deployed to respond to the outbreak, which affected 100% of the residents of the facility.”
Herlihy said that the two patients (neither of whom live in Shimla) are in isolation due to exposure to the tracer trying to determine where, when and how they were infected.
Herlihy said neither of these patients had a history of recent travel abroad, and both of these patients were previously identified as males by Albert County Health Supervisor Dwayne Smith.
In other coronavirus news:
- The Trump administration’s “Operation Warp Speed” blamed everything on everything from snowstorms to the general lack of Covid-19 vaccines.
- The new Covid-19 vaccine produced by the British drugmaker AstraZeneca in cooperation with Oxford University has been approved by the regulatory authorities in the UK.
- Wuhan is the first Chinese city to find a case of Covid-19, and told NBC News that they are more afraid of how the epidemic will spread in the United States.
- A reveler at a New York City Republican holiday carnival was spreading the virus. The video showed that maskless party friends dancing on the Congo (DRC) line were notorious for a box of Covid-19 cases. James Trent, chairman of the Queen’s Village Republican Club, told the Queen’s Daily: “I’m not on the Conga line. I eat alone.” “I don’t know how I got it.
- Two large churches in New Mexico received heavy fines for violating the state’s pandemic agreement.
- Due to the surge in the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths, the family standby order in California has been extended.
- The Professional Film and Television Actors Guild told its members that due to the surge of Covid-19 cases in Los Angeles, most Hollywood productions will remain suspended until mid-January.
- Her spokeswoman said that one of America’s most popular drifters, actress Dawn Wells, played Mary Ann (Mary Ann) in the 60s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island.” ), died of Covid-19. She was 82 years old.
At the same time, California Governor Gavin Newsom (Gavin Newsom) announced on Wednesday that a variant of Covid-19 had been found somewhere in Southern California.
The mutations detected in Colorado and California have also been confirmed in more than a dozen countries including France, Denmark, Japan, South Korea and Canada.
However, due to the statement of Dr. Diane Griffin, Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johnsons Hopkins University Bloomberg, due to the fact that extensive work has not been carried out in the United States to perform routine genomics on samples from across the country Sequencing, so the variant may have spread here. The Secretary of Public Health told NBC News on Tuesday.
A silver lining? The Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines used for Covid-19 should be effective against the new variants.
The chief scientific adviser to the British government, Patrick Vallance, said earlier this month: “The working hypothesis of all scientists is that vaccines should be able to respond adequately to the virus.”
According to the latest data from NBC News, since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly 19.7 million Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the United States, and the virus has claimed more than 341,000 lives.
The Good Samaritans Association in Samra is located in what used to be a local hospital residence. It has about 25 residents and is currently experiencing an outbreak of Covid-19 cases. There have been two confirmed deaths from the coronavirus. A 93-year-old official said, The old man and an 88-year-old woman.
The organization caters mainly to people in the Eastern Plains of Colorado, and received the highest evaluation in a 2009 US News and World Report survey of 15,500 nursing homes in the United States.
But in May, inspectors from the state health department noted that the facility “failed to establish and maintain infection control procedures,” despite the minimal potential harm to residents.
In an unrelated case in November, the facility and its manager were sued in a civil lawsuit related to the death of a 74-year-old resident who wandered in an electric wheelchair and turned over to a nearby drain.