Genomic sequencing conducted at the University of California–San Francisco and reviewed by scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the case was caused by the new COVID-19 variant.
The patient traveled from South Africa on Nov. 22, began experiencing symptoms on Nov. 25, and tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 29. The person, a San Francisco resident who hasn’t been publicly identified, is self-isolating.
All of the patient’s close contacts have been contacted and, thus far, all have tested negative for COVID-19, a disease caused by the CCP virus.
“We knew that it was just a matter of time before the first case of Omicron would be detected in the United States,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told reporters in Washington.
The patient is fully vaccinated. He or she is experiencing mild symptoms that are improving, according to officials.
“Some people might say, ‘Is that of concern, does that mean the vaccines aren’t working?’ We have been talking for months about the fact that vaccinations do one really, really important thing: protect against severe disease, against hospitalization and death,” Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s health secretary, told reporters at a vaccine clinic in Fresno, California.
Ghaly noted that the symptoms not being more severe is “a testimony to the importance of the vaccinations.”
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