Two U.S. states, Colorado and California, have each confirmed their first cases of the more contagious COVID-19 variant that was first identified in the United Kingdom. "The fact that we were able to detect this as quickly as we did truly speaks to the incredible work of the exceptional scientists and staff in our lab", Governor Polis said.
The man appears to be the first confirmed USA case of the variant, which was first identified in the United Kingdom.
However, there is a bit of good news, doctors are optimistic the COVID-19 vaccines now being administered are effective against the new variant.
"It could be because the virus replicates faster and so you get a higher viral load, which means you're more infectious", Peter Horby from New & Emerging Respiratory Threat Advisory Group said.
Health officials also continued stressing the importance of washing your hands, wearing a mask, and social distancing. That individual is in isolation in Elbert County, located southeast of Denver.
The earlier one of these cases was found in the state of Colorado for a male patient in his 20s who is now in isolation, reported BBC.
A case of the new coronavirus variant initially seen in the United Kingdom has been found in Colorado, state officials say, marking the first time the variant has been officially documented in the United States.
For the moment, the new COVID-19 variant isn't common in the USA yet but the patient's lack of travel history could mean that it is spreading in the community.
The Governor reminded Coloradans that New Year celebrations should only occur between those in their immediate household. NY made the same decision, but a week earlier. That person also has not traveled internationally recently. And it's not believed to affect the efficacy of the new COVID-19 vaccines. The state is moving as fast as the federal supply chain allows and actively onboarding more providers throughout the state.