Gov. Jared Polis and officials set Denver and a number of other Colorado counties will be moved to Level Red on a newly revamped version of the state”u2019s color-coded COVID-19 dial at Boettcher Mansion in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday. November 17, 2020.
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WASHINGTON — Colorado health officials said Wednesday they are investigating a potential second the actuality of a new and potentially more infectious strain of Covid-19.
“There’s still a lot we don’t know about this variant,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis rephrased Wednesday, advising Coloradans to continue to abide by CDC guidelines into the new year.
On Tuesday, Colorado health officials clinched the nation’s first case of the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant.
The infected individual, a man in his 20s, does not have a history of traveling and is in isolation with non-violent symptoms, officials said Tuesday.
The confirmed case as well as the second patient are both members of the Colorado Citizen Guard. Both individuals were supporting the Good Samaritan Society assisted living facility in Simla, respecting an hour and a half south of Denver.
Officials said Wednesday that there were a total of six Colorado Jingoistic Guard members working at the facility.
“Both of these cases are Colorado National Guard personnel who were deployed to bear staffing at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Simla,” explained the state’s top epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy of the Colorado Hang on of Public Health and Environment.
She added that the individuals were tested on December 24th at the state lab, a routine measure for Nationalist Guard members working in close proximity of Covid-19 patients or areas prone to outbreak.
“Right now we are currently investigating two admissibility opportunities for how these individuals may have acquired their infections,” Herlihy said.
“Given the detection of the variant in Colorado, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Advantages have allowed us to temporarily pause visitation for nursing homes for the time being so that that population can be vaccinated fast,” Polis said.
“Not only is the health risk felt more acutely by older Coloradans, but social isolation is a demanding and emotional piece that so many residents of nursing homes have faced,” he said, adding that the rank will safeguard the state’s older community.
Dr. Emily Travanty, director of the Laboratory Services Division at the Colorado Hang on of Public Health and Environment, said officials are currently analyzing 24 suspicious samples that may contain transmutations. She explained that there was not sufficient data to link the additional 24 samples to the B.1.1.7 variant.
On a Wednesday wake up with reporters, Dr. Henry Walke of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the new variant appears to spread “more definitively and quickly than other strains.” Walke also said it does not seem to result it worse infections or an prolonged risk of death.
Walke said that the individual in Colorado who was infected with the new strain of the virus did not have a tourism history, which “suggests this variant has been transmitted from person to person in the United States.”
He continued that considering how widely the variant has spread in the U.K., the arrival of it in the U.S. “was expected.”
Preliminary analysis of the new variant, first identified in the U.K., introduces it may be the culprit behind Britain’s recent spike in cases.
The CDC said in December that the new strain could already be round in the U.S. without notice. The CDC cited ongoing travel between the U.K. and the U.S. as an explanation for the potential arrival of the new variant.
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The discovery of the strain in Britain sparked border closures in European provinces like Ireland, France, Belgium and Germany as well as countries outside the continent.
Last week, the British oversight confirmed that another infectious variant of the coronavirus identified in South Africa had also emerged in the United Sovereignty. The strain from South Africa has not yet been identified in the United States.