The first case of the COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in Colorado. According to scientists, the new COVID variant is more contagious than the previous ones.

There has been a total of 19,232,843 COVID-19 cases in the United States and 328,408 cases in Colorado as of today, December 30. A new strain of COVID-19 that was originally detected in the United Kingdom has now made its way to the United States, according to KKCO.

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The Colorado State Laboratory notified the Center for Disease Control that the COVID-19 variant has been detected in ColoradoGovernor Polis announced on Tuesday, December 29 that the first COVID-19 variant case was confirmed in Colorado. This case is the first one detected in the United States.

The person who tested positive for the B.1.1.7 variant (the new strain of coronavirus) is a male in his 20s, according to KKCO. He must remain in isolation in Elbert County until public health officials clear him.

According to KKCO, the man who tested positive for the COVID-19 variant has no travel history. Officials are currently contact tracing to be sure the new COVID-19 variant doesn't spread.

The new coronavirus strain isn't more deadly than other strains but is 'significantly more contagious' according to KKCO.

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