‘Super-Covid’ mutant strain feared to have infected another man at Colorado assisted living facility

HEALTH officials are investigating a second suspected case of the UK "Super-Covid" strain in Colorado.

CNN reports today that the confirmed and suspected cases involve two men that work at an assisted living facility in Simla.

The news comes after Governor Jared Polis confirmed on Monday that the first case of the variant was fond in a man, belived to be im his 20s.

State officials said the man is currently in isolation in elbert County – located southeast of Denver.

Elbert County is a mainly rural area of rolling plains at the far edge of the Denver metro area that includes a portion of Interstate 70, the state’s main east-west highway.

The Colorado State Laboratory confirmed the virus variant, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was notified.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aware of Colorado's report of the first U.S. case associated with the U.K. variant of Covid-19" CDC spokesperson Belsie González said in an email. 

"In addition to the reported case in Colorado, we expect that there will be additional cases that are likely to be detected in the coming days," said González. 

Praising the state's response to the first case, Jill Hunsaker Ryan of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said: "The fact that Colorado has detected this variant first in the nation is a testament to the sophistication of Colorado's response and the talent of CDPHE's scientist and lab operations."

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