In this file photo dated June 30, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom removes his face mask before giving an update during a visit to Pittsburg, California.
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California health officials have identified the state’s first case of the new and contagious strain of Covid-19, originally discovered in the United Kingdom, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday.
The patient was in the southern part of the state, Newsom told White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, during a live Q&A session that was broadcast live on Facebook.
“I don’t think the Californians should feel like this is anything strange. This is something that is expected,” Fauci told Newsom.
On Tuesday, Colorado health officials confirmed the first case of the B.1.1.7 variant of the coronavirus. During a news conference Wednesday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said the state is investigating a possible second case of the new tribe.
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