First Mutated COVID-19 Strain Detected in Colorado

James Marshall
January 11, 2021

The guard member, who is in his 20s, was deployed at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Simla, where the Colorado National Guard is responding to an ongoing outbreak. The other Guardsman is suspected of having the same infection. He has not traveled internationally, however, suggesting the variant was already circulating in Colorado.

The Colorado National Guard arrived at the facility on December 23.

"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 governor said, according to The New York Times. And the number is growing.

For the moment, the new COVID-19 variant isn't common in the US yet but the patient's lack of travel history could mean that it is spreading in the community.

"We are aware of one confirmed and another possible case with the B.1.1.7 variant of the virus", the state's epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy said in a news conference Wednesday morning. "There is no evidence that this is occurring, and most experts believe this is unlikely to occur because of the nature of the immune response to the virus".

"There's no indication at all that it increases the virulence".

The U.K. variant has been identified in at least 19 countries.

A separate, new mutation of the virus has also been reported in South Africa. The second, a 30-year-old man from San Diego. "Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear", the agency explains on its website.

With the lack of travel history, there could be more cases of the variant spreading in the region as well, the officials said.

The variant does not appear to cause reinfections in people who've recovered from the disease. But it does show that viruses like these can mutate easily.

"We have an extensive investigation underway to identify all contacts the cases may have had in the two weeks leading up to their deployment", she said.

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