Omicron Found in 12 States; More Cases Await Detection


At least two dozen instances of individuals contaminated with the extremely mutated Omicron variant of the coronavirus had been reported in 12 states by Saturday morning.

Most of the instances gave the impression to be individuals who had traveled to South Africa just lately, although the contaminated individual in Hawaii had not traveled outdoors of his state, and, in Minnesota, a vaccinated man who had traveled to an anime conference in New York City examined constructive. Regardless, well being officers had been bracing for the inevitable neighborhood unfold of the variant.

None of the Omicron instances reported to date in the United States have resulted in critical sickness, hospitalization or demise.

Even as considerations in regards to the Omicron variant intensified, prime federal well being officers mentioned that for now the Delta variant remained a better menace to Americans.

“I know the news is focused on Omicron, but we should remember that 99.9 percent of cases in the country right now are from the Delta variant,” Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mentioned in a press briefing on Friday. “Delta continues to drive cases across the country, especially in those that are unvaccinated.”

About 95,000 instances had been being reported in the United States day by day, in contrast with about 12,000 per day six months in the past. States in the Midwest are recording a few of the greatest spikes, whereas New Hampshire, Michigan and Minnesota lead the nation in current instances per capita.

On Friday, state well being officers confirmed three cases in Maryland, all in the Baltimore space. Two of the instances are from the identical family and embody a vaccinated particular person who had just lately traveled to South Africa and an unvaccinated one that was deemed an in depth contact. The third case is unrelated, and the affected person, who was vaccinated, has no identified current journey historical past.

Officials in Philadelphia mentioned that they’d discovered one case, a person in his 30s. The sole case recognized in Utah was a vaccinated particular person who had simply returned from South Africa. In Missouri, officers recognized a case linked to home journey.

Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey mentioned {that a} totally vaccinated girl who had just lately traveled to South Africa examined constructive for the Omicron variant after being handled at an emergency division in northern New Jersey. She was in isolation with gentle signs, officers mentioned.

On Thursday, officers in New York State introduced that they’d confirmed 5 instances of the variant: a 67-year-old girl in Suffolk County who returned from South Africa; two residents of Queens; one resident of Brooklyn; and one other individual in New York City who had traveled just lately. The vaccination standing of a lot of the people remained unknown.

A vaccinated Colorado resident who had just lately returned from southern Africa was that state’s first confirmed case. California reported a second case — the primary being in San Francisco on Wednesday — in Los Angeles County. The contaminated individual had been vaccinated and had traveled to South Africa in November.

The authorities in Nebraska on Friday mentioned that of the six instances involving the Omicron variant discovered there, just one was in a vaccinated individual. One of the contaminated individuals had returned from Nigeria on Nov. 23, they mentioned, and the opposite 5 had been doubtless uncovered by way of family contact. None had required hospitalization.

An Oahu resident with no historical past of journey is the primary Omicron case in Hawaii.

(*12*) the state’s division of well being mentioned in a information launch. The particular person had beforehand been contaminated with the coronavirus however was by no means vaccinated.