CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins has tweeted that the CDC has identified first case of Omicron in the US in California, according to a source.
But, but , but, isn’t California all masked up?
The CDC reports that the individual was a traveler returning from South Africa.
The individual was fully vaccinated and had mild symptoms.
The individual is now self-quarantining.
Fauci explains that it’s “important to get vaccinated, get booster shots”…
First confirmed case of Omicron variant detected in the United States
The California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health have confirmed that a recent case of COVID-19 among an individual in California was caused by the Omicron variant (B. 1.1.529).
The individual was a traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22, 2021.
The individual, who was fully vaccinated and had mild symptoms that are improving, is self-quarantining and has been since testing positive.
All close contacts have been contacted and have tested negative.
Genomic sequencing was conducted at the University of California, San Francisco and the sequence was confirmed at CDC as being consistent with the Omicron variant. This will be the first confirmed case of COVID-19 caused by the Omicron variant detected in the United States.
On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new variant, B. 1.1.529, as a Variant of Concern and named it Omicron and on November 30, 2021, the United States also classified it as a Variant of Concern. CDC has been actively monitoring and preparing for this variant, and we will continue to work diligently with other U.S. and global public health and industry partners to learn more.
Despite the detection of Omicron, Delta remains the predominant strain in the United States.
We have one word: “Brace…”
We can only imagine what public health officials will do now.