Colorado officials say that the the new strain of COVID that is quickly spreading through the UK has been detected.
It’s the first such case in the U.S.
Gov. Jared Polis’ office said in a tweet that a man in his 20s who tested positive for COVID was found to have the coronavirus variant, despite having no travel history. He is currently in isolation in Elbert County.
“The individual has no close contacts identified so far but public health officials are working to identify other potential cases and contacts through thorough contact tracing interviews.”
The new and potentially more infectious COVID-19 strain, B.1.1.7, was first found in the U.K. It led officials to lock down most of the country after it rapidly spread through London and southwestern England.
The strain has since been identified in at least 17 other countries, including Australia, Canada and Spain. The European Union temporarily closed all borders to the U.K. last week
The CDC announced that any travelers from the country would have to test negative for COVID-19 before coming overseas.
Scientists in the U.K. believe the strain is more contagious, they said that there is “no evidence” that it causes more severe illness or is more deadly.
Polis said ,
“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 households.”
Officials are currently working on contact tracing.
Today we discovered Colorado’s first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the UK.— Governor Jared Polis (@GovofCO) December 29, 2020
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. pic.twitter.com/fjyq7QhzBi