Colorado Guardsman Has 1st Reported US Case of Virus Variant

The first person in the U.S. known to be infected with a new and apparently more contagious variant of the coronavirus was identified as a Colorado National Guardsman.

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Shoppers wear face masks while in search of after-Christmas bargains in shops in the Denver Pavilions Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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DENVER (AP) — The first person in the U.S. known to be infected with a new and apparently more contagious variant of the coronavirus was identified Wednesday as a Colorado National Guardsman who had been sent to help out at a nursing home struggling with an outbreak. And health officials said a second Guard member may have it, too. The cases have triggered a host of questions about how the mutant version circulating in England…

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