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Greater than 20 individuals within the U.S. have examined optimistic for omicron. Here is what we all know concerning the circumstances to date

A COVID-19 testing facility is marketed at Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport on November 30, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey.

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Greater than 20 individuals in at the very least 12 U.S. states have examined optimistic for the omicron variant of the virus that causes Covid-19. The sufferers vary in age, vaccination standing and journey historical past, however none of them have developed extreme illness to date.

Whereas some sufferers had just lately traveled in southern Africa, the place the variant was first detected, others had no journey historical past, indicating that neighborhood transmission is underway within the U.S.

“We completely have neighborhood unfold on this nation,” Dr. Anthony Fauci advised Bloomberg Tv on Friday. “We do not know what number of of them, however there is not any doubt there’s neighborhood unfold.”

Scientists and public well being officers are nonetheless accumulating information on whether or not omicron is extra transmissible, higher evades immune safety from vaccines, and/or causes extra extreme illness than different variants.

Those that have examined optimistic within the U.S. have all proven gentle to average signs and not one of the sufferers have been hospitalized to date, based on essentially the most present info from state public well being departments. Nonetheless, gentle circumstances of Covid can progress to extra extreme illness over time.

Most of the individuals who have examined optimistic within the U.S. have been totally vaccinated. At the least two of the sufferers who have been immunized had not obtained booster pictures but, however one other particular person had obtained their further dose. And in at the very least one case, an individual who had beforehand recovered from Covid examined optimistic for omicron.

Whereas the handful of circumstances within the U.S. do not present any definitive solutions about omicron, the World Well being Group stated Friday that early information suggests the virus is extra contagious. And South African scientists revealed a examine, which has not but been peer reviewed, that discovered omicron carries the next danger of reinfecting individuals who beforehand caught Covid than previous variants.

Though a few of the individuals who examined optimistic for omicron have been totally vaccinated, the truth that they’ve developed gentle signs means that the pictures are nonetheless offering safety in opposition to extreme illness from the variant, U.S. well being officers stated. Fauci stated Friday throughout a White Home Covid briefing that lab research point out booster pictures enhance antibody safety in opposition to a variety of variants.

“There’s each purpose to imagine that when you get vaccinated and boosted that you’d have at the very least a point of cross-protection,” Fauci stated, “very probably in opposition to extreme illness, even in opposition to the omicron variant.”


California confirmed the primary U.S. case of omicron Wednesday in an individual who just lately returned from South Africa to the San Francisco space. The particular person was between 18 and 49 years of age, totally vaccinated and was not eligible for his or her booster shot but, based on Gov. Gavin Newsom. The particular person confirmed gentle signs and is predicted to make a full restoration, Newsom stated Wednesday.

“The proof that a person with omicron recognized by sequencing really has gentle signs, is bettering, I feel is a sworn statement to the significance of the vaccinations,” stated Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s Well being and Human Companies secretary.

California confirmed a second omicron case Thursday within the Los Angeles space. That grownup was additionally totally vaccinated and had just lately returned from South Africa through London, based on town well being division. The particular person’s signs are bettering with out medical care, officers stated.

“This an infection is most definitely travel-related,” the Los Angeles County public well being division stated. The division, citing privateness issues, wouldn’t disclose the particular person’s age or booster standing when requested by CNBC on Friday.

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On Thursday morning, Colorado confirmed a case of omicron in a totally vaccinated grownup lady who had not obtained a booster shot. The girl, like the primary case in California, had a current journey historical past to southern Africa, the place the variant was first detected. She is experiencing minor signs and is recovering at dwelling, based on Colorado’s well being division.

Gov. Jared Polis advised residents throughout a press convention Thursday that well being officers imagine neighborhood unfold is low in Colorado for the time being. Well being officers haven’t but detected omicron by means of wastewater evaluation, and so they haven’t detected a second case by means of genetic sequencing but.

“So if it was prevalent, we’d know — it does not imply it is nonexistent,” Polis stated.


Hawaii confirmed a case in Oahu on Thursday in an individual who was beforehand contaminated with Covid, was by no means vaccinated and had no journey historical past, based on the state well being division. The particular person is exhibiting average signs, it stated.

“This can be a case of neighborhood unfold,” the division stated in a press launch.


Maryland on Friday confirmed three individuals from the Baltimore metro space examined optimistic for omicron. Two of the persons are from the identical family, a vaccinated one who had just lately traveled to South Africa and a detailed contact of that one who was unvaccinated. The third case was in a vaccinated one who had no recognized current journey historical past, based on state officers.

“Not one of the three people are hospitalized,” Gov. Larry Hogan stated in a press launch.


The Massachusetts Division of Public Well being introduced the state’s first omicron coronavirus case on Saturday.

The contaminated particular person is a feminine in her 20s who traveled out of the state. Officers stated she is totally vaccinated, skilled gentle illness and didn’t require hospitalization.


In Minnesota on Thursday, public well being officers confirmed an omicron case in an grownup male who was totally vaccinated and had just lately returned from an anime conference on the Javits Heart in New York Metropolis. His signs have been gentle and have since resolved, based on the state well being division.

The Minnesota resident had obtained a booster shot previous to attending the conference in New York, Minnesota public well being spokesman Doug Schultz advised CNBC on Friday.


A St. Louis resident with current home journey historical past is presumed optimistic for omicron, the Missouri state well being division stated Friday. The pattern was sequenced by a industrial lab and is awaiting affirmation by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

The Missouri state well being division didn’t present info on the person’s age, vaccination historical past or signs. Spokeswoman Lisa Cox advised CNBC Saturday the state has no additional info right now.


Nebraska confirmed six omicron circumstances Friday, in a transmission chain that seems to have began with an individual who just lately traveled to Nigeria. The opposite 5 individuals have been probably uncovered by means of family contact with the one that had traveled to Africa, based on the state well being division. Solely one of many six individuals was vaccinated, however none of them have required hospitalization.

New Jersey

The New Jersey Division of Well being has confirmed a case of omicron in a traveler from Georgia who was just lately in South Africa. The grownup lady, who’s totally vaccinated, skilled average signs and is now recovering after receiving care in an emergency division in northern New Jersey, based on state well being officers.

New York

New York has recognized eight circumstances whole of the omicron variant.

A complete of seven New York Metropolis residents and one from Suffolk County are confirmed to have the virus, as of Saturday morning.

New York Metropolis Well being Commissioner Dave Chokshi advised the general public Thursday that the circumstances point out there’s neighborhood unfold within the state.

“This isn’t simply people who find themselves touring to southern Africa or to different components of the world the place omicron has already been recognized,” Chokshi stated.


A person in his 30s from northwest Philadelphia has examined optimistic for omicron, metropolis officers confirmed on Friday. Philadelphia’s well being division stated it’s working to get extra info on the case.


Utah confirmed its first case of the omicron variant, public well being officers confirmed Friday.

Officers stated the person who examined optimistic was an older grownup who just lately returned dwelling to Utah after touring to South Africa.

The particular person is totally vaccinated and confirmed solely gentle signs. They obtained monoclonal antibody remedy.

—CNBC’s Jessica Bursztynsky contributed to this report.

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