So far, the omicron variant has been detected in several states across the country. Here are the states that have reported confirmed cases as of Dec. 4, 2021.
In the US, the first confirmed case was reported Wednesday Dec. 1, in a vaccinated traveler who returned to California after a trip to South Africa.
“We knew it was just a matter of time before the first case of omicron would be detected in the United States,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ top infectious-disease expert, made the announcement at the White House.
The infected person was identified as a traveler who had returned from South Africa on Nov. 22, developed mild symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 Monday. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco obtained a sample from the patient Tuesday evening and worked feverishly overnight to assemble the genetic sequence.
Thursday, Dec. 2, Colorado confirmed its first case.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the woman recently traveled to Africa has mild symptoms and has been isolated at home. She was fully vaccinated but had yet to receive the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Thursday, Dec. 2, the state of Hawaii confirmed that it detected the omicron variant in a COVID-19 positive case.
The individual is an O‘ahu resident with moderate symptoms who had previously been infected with COVID-19, but was never vaccinated.
The World Health Organization said Wednesday the omicron COVID variant, first discovered in South Africa, has been found in 23 countries across the world.
Friday, Dec. 3, Maryland confirmed three people from the Baltimore metro area tested positive for omicron.
Two of the people are from the same household, a vaccinated person who had recently traveled to South Africa and a close contact of that person who was unvaccinated. The third case was in a vaccinated person who had no known recent travel history, according to state officials.
“None of the three individuals are hospitalized,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a press release.
Saturday, Dec. 4, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the state’s first omicron coronavirus case.
The infected person is a female in her 20s who traveled out of the state. Officials said she is fully vaccinated, experienced mild disease and did not require hospitalization.
Thursday, Dec. 2, the first Midwest case of the omicron COVID variant was been confirmed in Minnesota, the state’s health department said Thursday, via a specimen from a resident “with recent travel history to New York City.”
According to health officials, the person developed mild symptoms on Nov. 22 and was tested for COVID on Nov. 24. He reported traveling to New York City and attended the Anime NYC 2021 convention from Nov. 19-21 at the Javits Center.
The health department said Minnesota epidemiologists will continue to investigate alongside New York City and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Friday, Dec. 3, a St. Louis resident with recent domestic travel history was presumed positive for omicron, the Missouri state health department said Friday. The sample was sequenced by a commercial lab and is awaiting confirmation by the CDC.
The Missouri state health department did not provide information on the individual’s age, vaccination history or symptoms.
Friday, Dec. 3, Nebraska officials confirmed six infections after a traveler returned from Nigeria and apparently infected five members of their household.
The individual returned from Nigeria on Nov. 23 and became symptomatic on Nov. 24, according to a press release from the Public Health Solutions District Health Department.
The New Jersey Department of Health has confirmed a case of omicron in a traveler from Georgia who was recently in South Africa. The adult woman, who is fully vaccinated, experienced moderate symptoms and is now recovering after receiving care in an emergency department in northern New Jersey, according to state health officials.
Thursday, Dec. 2, New York officials confirmed 5 cases of the omicron variant in the New York City metropolitan area, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced late Thursday.
One case was discovered in Suffolk County on Long Island and four New York City: two in Queens, one in Brooklyn and another in the city, she said at a press briefing.
As of Saturday morning, a total of seven New York City residents and one from Suffolk County are confirmed to have the omicron variant.
Friday, Dec. 3, a man in his 30s from northwest Philadelphia tested positive for omicron, city officials confirmed. Philadelphia’s health department said it is working to get more information on the case.
Friday, Dec. 3, Utah confirmed its first case of the omicron variant, public health officials announced. Officials said the individual who tested positive was an older adult who recently returned home to Utah after traveling to South Africa.
The person is fully vaccinated and showed only mild symptoms. They received monoclonal antibody treatment.
Where else has the Omicron variant been detected?
The World Health Organization said Wednesday the omicron COVID variant, first discovered in South Africa, has been found in a number of countries across the world (note this map will continue to be updated as the situation develops).