Denver (KKTV)-A new COVID-19 variant discovered in the UK entered Colorado.
On Tuesday, the office of Governor Jared Polis announced that a man in his 20s is currently in quarantine in Elbert County with the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7. According to the governor’s office, the man has no travel history. Since this variant may be easier to spread, it has attracted worldwide attention. Although there is no indication that it will cause more serious diseases, some European countries have restricted travel from the UK.
The news report stated that the Colorado State Laboratory was the first laboratory in the United States to quickly identify the variant through complex analysis of test samples.
It is believed that the currently approved vaccine is effective against this mutation. As of Monday afternoon, more than 67,000 people in Colorado have been vaccinated against COVID-1
State officials are investigating, including contact follow-up interviews. The man is recovering and is expected to remain in isolation until he is approved by public health officials.
“We don’t know much about this new variant of COVID-19, but British scientists have warned the world that its infectiousness has greatly increased. The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority, and we will closely monitor this case and all COVID-19 indicators. We are working hard to prevent the spread and contain the virus at all levels.” Governor Jared Polis said. “I want to thank our scientists and dedicated medical professionals for their quick work and ask the University of Colorado to continue its efforts to prevent the spread of the disease by wearing a mask, standing six feet apart when gathering with others, and interacting only with immediate family members. “
More information about this latest discovery is expected to be released by the governor’s office on Wednesday morning.
Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said: “Colorado was the first to discover this variant nationwide, which proves that Colorado is capable of responding very well. And CDPHE’s scientists and laboratory operators are excellent.” “We are currently using all available tools to protect public health and reduce the spread of this variant.”
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