United States Reports Its First Confirmed Case of New COVID-19 Variant

The United States on Dec. 29 reported its first known case of a COVID-19 variant that was first detected in the United Kingdom and is said to be more contagious.

The United States on Dec. 29 reported its first known case of a COVID-19 variant that was first detected in the United Kingdom and is said to be more contagious.

The office of Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced on Twitter that the state discovered its first case of the U.K. COVID-19 variant called B.1.1.7.

In a statement, Polis’ office identified the man who contracted the variant to be in his early 20s and has had no travel history. He is currently placed in isolation in Elbert County for recovery.

The statement also said that close contacts have yet to be identified and that officials are currently conducting investigation and contact tracing interviews.

“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 monitor this case, as well as all COVID-19 indicators, very closely,” Polis said.

The Colorado State Laboratory notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the case, according to the statement.

According to the CDC, the variant may have already been circulating around the U.S. without detection.

“Ongoing travel between the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the high prevalence of this variant among current UK infections, increase the likelihood of importation. Given the small fraction of US infections that have been sequenced, the variant could already be in the United States without having been detected,” the CDC said in a statement.

The newly identified variant was also detected in several other countries, including Sweden, South Korea, and Canada.


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