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2 cases of new COVID variant identified in Colorado

The two cases of P.1 found in Boulder County are the first of this variant detected in the state, according to the state health department.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Two cases of the COVID-19 P.1 variant have been identified in Boulder County and are the first cases of that variant found in Colorado, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) said on Tuesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified CDPHE of the two cases of the P.1 variant, which was originally detected among travelers from Brazil arriving in Japan, CDPHE said in a news release.

To date, 289 P.1 cases have been identified in 25 U.S. states spanning from California to Texas to Florida to New York.

The travel history of the Boulder County residents who tested positive for the variant wasn't known, CDPHE said. The state health department was working with Boulder County Public Health to investigate possible exposures and perform contact tracing to determine whether the variant has spread to others.

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Two other COVID-19 variants have been detected in Colorado: B.1.1.7 and B.1.351. For more on the spread of COVID variants in the United States, visit the CDC website.

Coloradans should continue to wear masks, practice social distancing, wash their hands and get vaccinated against COVID-19, CDPHE said.

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