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Colorado state lab can’t confirm if you’ve been infected with a COVID variant

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Laboratory scientists are testing about 25% of Colorado's positive COVID-19 cases for variants, according to health officials, but you likely won't ever know if you specifically had a variant.

Emily Travanty, the laboratory director for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), says almost all of the cases sequenced in the sample are Delta variant-related cases. However, 13 Investigates learned those individual variant test results are not shared with patients or physicians, meaning you won't know if your sample was one that was tested for a variant.

"At this time, it's used for public health surveillance, so we get the information we share it with our epidemiologist, and they use it to look at the distribution of the variants across the state, as well as what percentage of the tests are coming back at the various variants," Travanty explained. "So, that we can understand how much mixing there is virus across the stage, but it doesn't go back to the individual physician or patient."

Coloradans and most Americans currently aren't notified if they've been infected with a COVID variant because of what test results federal regulators allow to be shared with patients.

Federal regulators with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid require health information related to COVID-19 only be provided to patients when a diagnostic test is completed. In Colorado and other states, scientists are doing public surveillance sequencing testing for variants.

It appears unlikely that individual variant-specific data will be provided soon.

"There are so many variants arising every day, and so it's become much too large of a task to validate that individual test each time it changes, we would have to go back to the beginning and start over and revalidate it each time a new variant is discovered," Travanty explained.

CDPHE said it is currently seeking guidance from federal officials on the best ways to get a validated test to share that information with infected Coloradans. However, state health officials tell 13 Investigates that could be challenging because the COVID-19 genome is rapidly changing.

The state lab director says getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your family from severe COVID-19 illness.

Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.

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  1. While it doesn’t make any difference to a person what variant they may have been infected with, I believe they have the right to know if they so desire and if the information exists.

    1. yea so then how do they contact trace for the variant when they do not or will not disclose it??

  2. How can CO-VID be taken seriously by the populace at this point if the government department (CDPHE) in charge of making these announcements to the patient and not making them aware of the patient’s test results!
    How can the government be all fire and brimstone about how they desire for all corporations to push this vaccine on the backend, but on the frontend where the government does have obligations and responsibilities of notifying the patient of their test results, the government is acceptable about providing the patient NO KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR TEST RESULTS.
    So why should a citizen get tested if the government will never let the patient know? The Government is just collecting the data and adding it to their spreadsheets, which does nothing but push the backend harder because the patients that did get a test will never know the result and continue as though they were never told they had it to begin with, because CDPHE won’t tell them.
    The longer this persists, and the more glaringly obvious these procedural discrepancies our own government is doing by either their influence on the backend or their lack of adequate care on the frontend, the more of a sham this is turning out to look like entirely.

  3. And this is a surprise? And your comment Another is excellent! Get ready for the always knowledgeable one…Check…to try and throw a wrench into your work. Thank you! You notice I call him Check because I really have never seen reality from him. Not that I care lol

    1. I think even at this point RC has understood his folly of supporting this vaccine without all of the facts, which is why he is near entirely absent. If not this, then he is either choosing to abstain because his points could not contend with facts he was presented with from the beginning, or choose to dwell in silence and take the higher road. Either way, the truth and facts once again have proven victorious. I wish him no ill-will, just the ability to see beyond just his perspective and life’s lessons, because the entire world becomes a lot larger once we realize this lesson.
      This topic was never solely a medical conversation, but more a part of a much larger conversation regarding legality of each American’s Consttutional (SP because KRDO’s 1st amendment filter) rights and liberties and having to make sure our government is not taking more of our rights because the average populace is simply unaware of the entire picture.
      Ever wonder why the government compartmentalizes everything? So no one but the top can put the entire puzzle together.
      Case in point, IF HIPAA was created to protect my medical records from being disseminated to people I do not wish to see it, then why is it not covered to state that my employer does not have the right to know if I am vaccinated or not? Especially when cloth and paper masks have been the gold standard for most essential personnel that worked during this pandemic. Even though OSHA, CDC, and the FDA have all stated since the beginning that the only approved mask that can filter out viruses the size of 2-3 microns is a N-95 mask. Each individual gets to be the judge, not the government as each persons body is theirs, not the governments property.

      1. I have had my run-ins with him also. Sometimes…no…most times he rubs me the wrong way…he is just doing his part continuing the false narrative found in any and all forums regarding masks, COVID, the jab, etc. As you…I do not wish him any ill will at all. As I have said to him many times…you continue in your vain and I will continue in mine and neither the twain shall meet. He seems to be a good person and I have let him know. I try to keep any name calling out of the posts although as most…I have been guilty on occasion. So with that said Another thank you! And Mr. Check…have a great day and let’s continue our conversations and remain civil!

  4. 13,000 DEATHS, NEARLY 600,000 ADVERSE EVENTS REPORTED AFTER COVID VACCINES, AS DEBATE HEATS UP OVER BOOSTERS

    childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/vaers-cdc-deaths-adverse-events-co.. (08/20/21)

    SURE THERE WILL BE MANY MORE

  5. You moderate me…you get this!

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  6. I like how I posted the article 411 in a comment a few days ago and now they do an article on it.
    hmmmm

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