Colorado, as you know, is a neighboring state of Utah.
Polis tweeted a statement about the variant, saying health officials will monitor the case to see what happens next.
“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.”
Today we discovered Colorado’s first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the UK.— Governor Jared Polis (@GovofCO) December 29, 2020
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. pic.twitter.com/fjyq7QhzBi
The tweet included a statement from the governor, too, who said the state wants “to prevent spread and contain the virus at all levels.”
The coronavirus mutation has made headlines in recent weeks after it was found in the United Kingdom, prompting shutdowns across Europe.
Questions have been raised about whether the variant had arrived in the United States yet. Experts seem to agree the virus likely already made its way stateside since there has been so much travel.
“When you have this amount of spread within a place like the UK, you really need to assume that it’s here already … it certainly is not the dominant strain but I would certainly not be surprised at all if it is already here.”
“I don’t think a travel ban, at this point, is going to prevent this mutated strain from coming into the United States,” Gottlieb said, according to CNBC.. “We’re going to have an epidemic that continues to build over the course of the next three or four weeks, we’ll reach a peak, and then we’ll start to see infection rates decline as we see vaccinations get rolled out.”