Denver (KKTV) – New COVID-19 variants discovered in the UK made their way to Colorado.
On Tuesday, Office Governor Jared Polis announced that a man in his 20s is currently isolated in Elbert County with the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7. According to the governor’s office, no person has a travel history. Variants have raised concern worldwide because of signs that it may spread more easily. While there is no indication that it causes more serious illness, many countries in Europe have banned travel from the UK as a result.
The Colorado State Laboratory was first released in the country to identify variants through sophisticated analysis of test samples.
Currently approved vaccines are considered effective against this variant. As of Monday afternoon, more than 67,000 people in Colorado have received a COVID-19 vaccine dose. As of Tuesday, more than 326,000 cases of COVID-19 have been identified since the onset of the epidemic, with more than 2,000,000 trials in the Century State.
An investigation is ongoing by state officials, including contact tracing interviews. The man is recovering and is expected to remain isolated until he is cleared by public health officials.
“There is much we do not know about this new COVID-19 version, 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 monitor this matter closely, as well as all COVID-19 indicators. We are working to stop the spread and stop the virus at all levels. “I would like to thank our scientists and dedicated medical professionals for their rapid work and ask Coloradans to continue our efforts to prevent the infection of the disease by wearing masks, six feet while gathering with others Stands away, and only interacts with members of his immediate household. “
More information about this recent discovery is expected to be released by the Governor’s office on Wednesday morning.
Jill Hansecker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, said, “The fact that Colorado has first detected this variant in the country is evidence of the sophistication of Colorado’s response and the genius of CDPHH’s scientific and lab operations is.” “We are currently using all the equipment available to protect public health and thus reducing the prevalence.”
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