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.’