Faster-Spreading COVID Found in US

Pablo Tucker
January 11, 2021

Both were members of a National Guard team that was deployed to a Colorado nursing home. The other Guardsman is suspected of having the same infection.

"We do not have evidence that the variant virus is circulating in that facility, but testing is ongoing".

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

DENVER (STL.News) Governor Jared Polis provided an update on Colorado's response to the state's confirmation of the first known variant case of COVID-19 in the U.S. Gov. Polis was joined by Dr. Rachel Herlihy, State Epidemiologist, CDPHE; Dr. Emily Travanty, PhD, Scientific Director, Laboratory Services Division, CDPHE; and Dr. Eric France, Chief Medical Officer, CDPHE. And the number is growing. The state is also investigating a second sample that was identified as a possible B.1.1.7 strain, but the sequence of that case has not been confirmed. The mutated virus could make it more hard to combat surging caseloads, arriving just as state governments are scrambling to vaccinate vulnerable populations.

"There's no indication at all that it increases the virulence". A separate variant is now spreading rapidly in South Africa.

San Diego County officials said that the patient was in his 30s and also had no travel history like the other patients. CDC said Tuesday it expects "there will be additional cases that are likely to be detected in the coming days". "Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear".

The variant does not appear to cause reinfections in people who've recovered from the disease. And it's not believed to affect the efficacy of the new COVID-19 vaccines.

The W.H.O. Director-General said, "The bottom line is that we need to suppress transmission of all SARS-Cov-2 viruses as quickly as we can".

"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 statement said.

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