CHICAGO (CBS) – A Chicago resident has been confirmed as the first positive case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
The Illinois and Chicago public health departments reported that the Chicago resident was known to someone else to contact a confirmed case of Omicron who had traveled to Chicago.
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The Chicago resident has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received a booster dose. The resident did not need to be hospitalized, is improving and isolating himself since the onset of his symptoms.
Public health officials are continuing contact tracing.
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“Scientists need time to learn more about the Omicron COVID-19 variant, but in the meantime we already know how to be vigilant,” Governor JB Pritzker said in a press release. “So get your shot, get your booster, wear your mask indoors, wash your hands and get tested for COVID-19 if you feel sick or have been exposed to someone who tested positive.” . I encourage all Illinois residents to make a plan on how best to protect themselves and their loved ones, especially during the holiday season. “
“The city and the CRPD continue to closely monitor the Omicron variant and work with medical experts to better educate our residents,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in the statement. “To respond to the urgency of this moment, it is crucial that our residents continue to be vaccinated and receive their booster. We’re committed to distributing the vaccine as widely and fairly as possible throughout our city through community clinics, city-run clinics, and our recently expanded Protect Chicago At Home program. ”
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South African authorities first reported the Omicron variant to the World Health Organization on November 24, but retroactive testing confirmed the variant in Europe at least five days before that. The variant contains many mutations and has been classified as a variant of concern.