SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced the first known case of the new and apparently more contagious variant of the coronavirus in the nation’s most populated state.
It follows the first reported U.S. case in Colorado — identified as a Colorado National Guardsman who had been sent to help out at a nursing home struggling with an outbreak.
Newsom said he had just learned of the finding in a Southern California case Wednesday. He announced it during an online conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-disease expert.
Newsom did not provide any other details about the person who was infected. The Colorado and California cases have triggered a host of questions about how the mutant version circulating in England arrived in the U.S. and whether it is too late to stop it now.
Earlier in the day, Newsom revealed that California schools will be able to resume in-person education next year. The phased approach will include an influx of $2 billion in state aid.