COVID-19 UPDATE: 1st Omicron Case in U.S; 221 New Cases in Kane, 6,109 New Cases Statewide

COVID-19 UPDATE: 1st Omicron Case in U.S; 221 New Cases in Kane, 6,109 New Cases Statewide

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OVERVIEW: 1st Omicron Case in U.S.; Michigan Reports 16,530 Cases in 2 Days; U.S. Will Require Travelers To Be Tested

The first United States case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus was reported in California on Wednesday, marking the arrival of a potentially dangerous new phase of the two-year pandemic and prompting Biden administration officials to renew their urgent calls for Americans to get fully vaccinated and, if eligible, a booster shot, the New York Times and many others report.

Donald Trump tested positive for Covid-19 three days before his first debate against Joe Biden, the former president’s fourth and last chief of staff has revealed in a new book, The Guardian reports.

President Joe Biden’s enhanced winter COVID-19 strategy will be announced Thursday. It will require every traveler entering the country to be tested one day before boarding their flight, according to the CDC, Fox News reports.

The Michigan health department reported 16,530 new coronavirus cases over a two-day period on Wednesday, an average of 8,265 per day, bringing Michigan to 1,318,123 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, the Detroit Free Press reports.

CDC STATEMENT: First Confirmed Case of Omicron Variant Detected in the United States

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 individual was a traveler who returned from South Africa on Nov. 22, 2021. The individual had mild symptoms that are improving, is self-quarantining and has been since testing positive. All close contacts have been contacted and have tested negative.

Genomic sequencing was conducted at the University of California, San Francisco and the sequence was confirmed at CDC as being consistent with the Omicron variant. This will be the first confirmed case of COVID-19 caused by the Omicron variant detected in the United States.

On Nov. 26, 2021, the World Health Organization classified a new variant, B.1.1.529, as a Variant of Concern and named it Omicron and on Nov. 30, 2021, the United States also classified it as a Variant of Concern.

CDC has been actively monitoring and preparing for this variant, and we will continue to work diligently with other U.S. and global public health and industry partners to learn more.

Despite the detection of Omicron, Delta remains the predominant strain in the United States.

The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and general prevention strategies needed to protect against COVID-19. Everyone 5 and older should get vaccinated and boosters are recommended for everyone 18 years and older

For more information on the Omicron variant visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/index.html.

 

KANE COUNTY: 221 New Cases, 0 Additional Deaths

Kane County hasn’t had a single case of Omicron virus, but Delta is causing plenty of concern without the addition of the new variant.

Kane County recorded 221 new COVID-19 cases today, according to data posted on the Illinois Department of Public Health website. The total number of Kane County cases to date is 73,777.

There were no additional Kane County deaths recorded today; the total remains 901.

Kane County’s seven-day test positivity rate edged up to 6.8%.

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS: 6,109 New Cases, 45 Deaths

The state of Illinois recorded more than 6,000 new cases today, the first time Illinois cracked the 6,000 single-day mark in several weeks.

According to the IDPH, there were 6,109 new cases tallied today, bringing the total to 1,815,994 positive cases since the pandemic began.

The IDPH recorded 45 additional deaths, bringing the total to 26,459.

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise. The seven-day average number of hospitalized COVID patients in Kane-DuPage Region 8 is 195.

ICU bed availability seven-day rolling rate dropped to 24% — still above the state threshold of 20%.

 

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