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Colorado confirms it has detected first cases of ‘mutant COVID’ strain  

Super-COVID IS in the US: Colorado man in his 20s with NO travel history becomes first American to test positive for the mutant strain first detected in the UK

Colorado has announced it has detected the first case of the mutant COVID-19 strain first found in the UK.

Governor Jared Polis said in a tweet: ‘Today we discovered Colorado’s first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the UK. 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.’

In a statement he said the Colorado State Laboratory confirmed the case and notified the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The case was detected in a man in his 20s who is ‘currently in isolation in Elbert County and has no travel history.’ 

The fact the man has not traveled tells officials he caught the strain from someone else in the US.

He will remain in isolation until he is cleared by health officials.

The statement adds: ‘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.’

Governor Jared Polis said in a tweet: ‘Today we discovered Colorado’s first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the UK

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