- Gov. Polis revealed mutant COVID-19 strain from the UK was found in Colorado
- Case was detected in a man in his 20s who is now ‘in isolation in Elbert County’
- He has no travel history, which reveals he caught it from someone in the US
- The new variant of the coronavirus has been spreading rapidly in Britain
- Mutation may be up to 70% more infectious and more of a concern for children
- Comes after millions traveled to see loved-ones during the holidays
Colorado has announced it has detected the first US case of the super-COVID strain that was first found in the UK.
Governor Jared Polis revealed the worrying news in a tweet, writing: ‘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.’
An attached statement said the Colorado State Laboratory confirmed the case and notified the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
The strain – which is thought to be 70 per cent more infectious – was detected in a man in his 20s who is ‘currently in isolation in Elbert County and has no travel history.’
It is not believed that B.1.1.7 leads to more severe cases, and higher mortality rates have not been reported.
‘At this time, there is no evidence that this variant causes more severe illness or increased risk of death,’ the CDC stated on their website.