Update: The news conference has been delayed to 10:15 a.m., according to the governor’s office.
Original: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is expected to share an update on the state’s coronavirus response about 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The Coloradoan will share a live stream of the news conference here when it begins.
Polis will be joined by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment staff, including state epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy, Chief Medical Officer Eric France, and Scientific Director of Laboratory Services Division Emily Travanty.
Polis and public health staff will discuss adjustments to the state’s vaccine distribution list and Colorado’s first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7.
On Tuesday, the Colorado state lab confirmed the first known U.S. case of a new coronavirus strain that was first identified in the United Kingdom. The patient is a man in his 20s who is recovering in isolation in Elbert County, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
Scientists in the United Kingdom believe the variant strain to be more contagious than previously identified strains but not more severe.
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