A man in his 20s has become the first American to test positive for the super-COVID strain that was first detected in the United Kingdom.
Colorado Governor Jared Police announced the news on Twitter, writing: “Today we discovered Colorado’s first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the UK.
“The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority and we will monitor this case, as well as all COVID-19 indicators, very closely.”
A statement from the Colorado State Laboratory confirmed the first case and alerted the Center for Disease Control.
“Public health officials are doing a thorough investigation. The individual is recovering in isolation and will remain there until cleared by public health officials. The individual has no close contacts identified so far, but public health officials are working to identify other potential cases and contacts through contact tracing interviews,” the statement added.
The man who tested positive for the super-COVID strain is “currently in isolation in Elbert County and has no travel history.”
“At this time, there is no evidence that this variant causes more severe illness or increased risk of death,” the CDC said on their website.
Governor Jared Polis added: “There is a lot we don’t know about this new COVID-19 variant, but scientists in the United Kingdom are warning the world that it is significantly more contagious. The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority and we will closely monitor this case, as well as all COVID-19 indicators, very closely.”
The Governor added: “I want to thank our scientists and dedicated medical professionals for their swift work and ask Coloradans to continue our efforts to prevent disease transmission by wearing masks, standing six feet apart when gathering with others, and only interacting with members of their immediate household.”
What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments section and SHARE this story with your friends and family!