Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Colorado Confirms First Known US Case of NEW COVID-19 Strain Believed to be More Contagious; Who Gets a Second Stimulus Check? What to Know Since Trump Signed COVID Bill, and other C-Virus Updates

Colorado confirms first known US case of new COVID-19 strain believed to be more contagious:
Colorado has confirmed the first known U.S. case of a new coronavirus strain that was first identified in the United Kingdom.
"Today we discovered Colorado’s first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the U.K.," Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. "The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority and we will monitor this case, as well as all COVID-19 indicators, very closely."
The Colorado state laboratory confirmed the case and notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the governor's office said in a statement. The patient is a man in his 20s who is recovering in isolationin Elbert County, outside Denver. He has no travel history and no close contacts. Public health officials were conducting an investigation.
Scientists in the United Kingdom believe the variant strain to be more contagious than previously identified strains but not more severe. According to models, it has an increased transmission rate of 70% compared with other variants in the U.K.
It was first spotted in September in southeastern England. The new variant accounted for a quarter of cases in London by November. By the week of Dec. 9, it was responsible for 60% of cases in the city. London and large areas of southern England are under lockdown measures, and dozens of nations have banned travel from the U.K. --->READ MORE HERE
Who gets a second stimulus check? What to know since Trump signed COVID bill:
Millions of Americans are on track to receive a second stimulus check now that President Trump has signed the $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief package.
The $600 payments are half the size of the $1,200 provided under the CARES Act in late March, but they could still offer much-needed assistance to struggling Americans.
Here’s what is known about the second round of payments — including when they might arrive and how much to expect: 
Who qualifies for a second stimulus check?
Individual taxpayers earning up to $75,000 a year and couples who filed taxes jointly with annual incomes up to $150,000 will be eligible for the payments.
Households will also get a $600 payment for every dependent child. --->READ MORE HERE
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