New COVID-19 variant found in Florida, marking the nation’s 3rd confirmed case

TAMPA (WFLA) –  A case of the new coronavirus strain that spread quickly in the United Kingdom has been confirmed in Florida.

The Florida Department of Health announced on Twitter that the individual is a male in his 20s who is currently in isolation in Martin County and has no travel history. 

Florida has evidence of the first identified case of the UK COVID-19 variant in Martin County. The individual is a male in his 20s with no history of travel. The Department is working with the CDC on this investigation. We encourage all to continue practicing COVID-19 mitigation.

— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) January 1, 2021

The Department of Health is working with the CDC on this investigation.

The news comes after Colorado health officials announced earlier this week the first person in the U.S. known to be infected with the new and – apparently more contagious – variant. That individual was identified as a Colorado National Guardsman who had been sent to help out at a nursing home struggling with an outbreak. Health officials said Wednesday a second Guard member may have it, too.

California officials also confirmed later Wednesday that a San Diego County man has

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