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First confirmed US case of Omicron coronavirus variant detected in California

(CNN) — The United States' first confirmed case of the Omicron coronavirus variant has been identified in California. In a White House news briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the case was in an individual who traveled from South Africa on November 22 -- before travel restrictions were in place -- and tested positive for Covid-19 on November 29.
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Second U.S. case of omicron variant is found in Minnesota

A second case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in Minnesota, the state's health department said Thursday. The person with the variant is an adult male, who lives in Hennepin County, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. He had been vaccinated. He told the Minnesota...
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No Known Cases of New Omicron Variant in California

The California Department of Public Health said it is aware of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant but that there are no known cases involving this variant in California at this time. "We continue to monitor the situation carefully," the department said in an email. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical...

'It is not a cause for panic' | 1st case of omicron variant identified in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A person in California has become the first in the U.S. to have an identified case of the omicron variant of COVID-19. Gov. Gavin Newsom said that a fully vaccinated San Francisco resident between the ages of 18 - 40 contracted the omicron variant after returning from South Africa. Newsom said he could not give out any more specific information about the person because of privacy laws.
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First U.S. case of omicron variant discovered in California

The first case of the newly discovered omicron variant of the coronavirus was detected in the United States, health officials said Wednesday. "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 CDC said in a statement. "The individual was a traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22, 2021."
East Bay Times

First U.S. omicron case confirmed in San Francisco traveler

San Francisco on Wednesday confirmed the nation’s first case of the new omicron coronavirus variant in a vaccinated person who recently returned from South Africa. The traveler, a San Francisco resident who was inoculated with the Moderna vaccine but was not boosted, suffered from mild symptoms and has recovered, health officials said. The person is isolating at home and their contacts are being traced. So far, all close contacts have tested negative.
Government Technology

California Labs Are Testing Wastewater for Signs of Omicron

(TNS) — California has built up a substantial network of laboratories to look for concerning coronavirus variants over the past year, and now the scientists running those labs are developing creative new strategies to quickly identify omicron. At UCSF, one team is studying wastewater — including effluent from San Francisco...