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First Colorado patient tests positive for coronavirus as outbreak spreads

Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisDirect cash payments have been critical for Colorado families — Congress must pass more Colorado investigating possible second case of coronavirus variant in National Guard members Colorado confirms first case of highly contagious COVID-19 variant in US MORE (D) announced Thursday that health officials have confirmed the first presumptive case of the coronavirus within the state.  

The patient in question is considered a “presumptive” case because they tested positive in a state-administered test but have not yet received results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

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Colorado joins Nevada, New Jersey, Tennessee, Maryland and Texas in identifying new cases of the virus today. The CDC confirmed two cases in Texas as positive Thursday evening. 

The patient in Colorado reportedly caught the disease while outside of the state and is being quarantined in the Denver metro area while public health officials identify close contacts to whom they may have spread the disease. 

There are 148 confirmed total cases across the U.S., including those repatriated from cruise ships or China, according to data reported by the CDC