Gov. Jared Polis and officers introduced Denver and various different Colorado counties shall be moved to Stage Crimson on a newly revamped model 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 well being officers mentioned Wednesday they’re investigating a possible second case of a brand new and probably extra infectious pressure of Covid-19.
“There’s nonetheless quite a bit we do not find out about this variant,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis mentioned Wednesday, advising Coloradans to proceed to abide by CDC pointers into the brand new yr.
On Tuesday, Colorado well being officers confirmed the nation’s first case of the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant.
The contaminated particular person, a person in his 20s, doesn’t have a historical past of touring and is in isolation with gentle signs, officers mentioned Tuesday.
The confirmed case in addition to the second affected person are each members of the Colorado Nationwide Guard. Each people have been supporting the Good Samaritan Society assisted residing facility in Simla, about an hour and a half south of Denver.
Officers mentioned Wednesday that there have been a complete of six Colorado Nationwide Guard members working on the facility.
“Each of those circumstances are Colorado Nationwide Guard personnel who have been deployed to assist staffing on the Good Samaritan Society nursing dwelling in Simla,” defined the state’s prime epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy of the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Surroundings.
She added that the people have been examined on December twenty fourth on the state lab, a routine measure for Nationwide Guard members working in shut proximity of Covid-19 sufferers or areas vulnerable to outbreak.
“Proper now we’re at the moment investigating two prospects for a way these people could have acquired their infections,” Herlihy mentioned.
“Given the detection of the variant in Colorado, the Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid Companies have allowed us to quickly pause visitation for nursing properties in the intervening time in order that that inhabitants may be vaccinated shortly,” Polis mentioned.
“Not solely is the well being danger felt extra acutely by older Coloradans, however social isolation is a troublesome and emotional piece that so many residents of nursing properties have confronted,” he mentioned, including that the measure will safeguard the state’s older neighborhood.
Dr. Emily Travanty, director of the Laboratory Companies Division on the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Surroundings, mentioned officers are at the moment analyzing 24 suspicious samples which will include mutations. She defined that there was not adequate knowledge to hyperlink the extra 24 samples to the B.1.1.7 variant.
Preliminary evaluation of the brand new variant, first recognized within the U.Okay., suggests it could be the wrongdoer behind Britain’s latest spike in circumstances.
The CDC mentioned in December that the brand new pressure might already be circulating within the U.S. with out discover. The CDC cited ongoing journey between the U.Okay. and the U.S. as an evidence for the potential arrival of the brand new variant.
The invention of the pressure in Britain sparked border closures in European international locations like Eire, France, Belgium and Germany in addition to international locations exterior the continent.
Final week, the British authorities confirmed that one other infectious variant of the coronavirus recognized in South Africa had additionally emerged in the UK. The pressure from South Africa has not but been recognized in the US.