A local man in Minnesota is the second confirmed case of the COVID Omicron-variant in the United States; with local officials saying the individual recently traveled home from a convention in New York City.
“Minnesota has a confirmed omicron case. It’s a man who has been vaccinated and traveled recently to New York City,” posted Bloomberg’s White House correspondent on Twitter.
Minnesota has a confirmed omicron case. It's a man who has been vaccinated and traveled recently to New York City.https://t.co/slgiwVe2mn
— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) December 2, 2021
“Infected Minnesota resident recently returned from domestic travel; variant was found through MDH variant surveillance program, which is one of the strongest surveillance programs in the nation,” posted the Minnesota Department of Health.
““Since the beginning of this pandemic, Minnesota’s nation-leading genome sequencing infrastructure and strong testing network have allowed the state to quickly track the COVID-19 virus and better understand its spread. Today, those tools detected a case of the Omicron variant in Minnesota,” said Governor Tim Walz. “This news is concerning, but it is not a surprise. We know that this virus is highly infectious and moves quickly throughout the world. Minnesotans know what to do to keep each other safe now — get the vaccine, get tested, wear a mask indoors, and get a booster. Together, we can fight this virus and help keep Minnesotans safe.”
Read the full report here.
OMICRON ARRIVES: First Case of New COVID Variant Confirmed in California
Health officials in California confirmed Wednesday the first known case of COVID’s Omicron variant 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 CDC wrote in a Wednesday statement.
The individual traveled back to the United States from South Africa on November 22nd.
The CDC announces the first confirmed case of the Omicron variant has been identified in California. The individual had recently traveled back to the US from South Africa, is fully vaccinated and “had mild symptoms.” pic.twitter.com/jyQG1w0iiU
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) December 1, 2021
Doocy asks Fauci about travelers being checked for COVID before coming into America: "What about people who don't take a plane and just these border crossers coming in in huge numbers?"
Fauci: "That's a different issue." pic.twitter.com/m2IyMAfZ5H
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 1, 2021
“The individual, who was fully vaccinated and 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,” the CDC noted.
COMRADE SANDERS: Bernie Says USA Must ‘Dismantle Vaccine Inequality’ Around the World
Senator Bernie Sanders called on the World Trade Organization and others to “dismantle vaccine inequality” around the world Tuesday, claiming the lack of injections will make new COVID variants more likely in the months ahead.
“The time for debate by the members of the World Trade Organization is over. We must urgently move NOW to dismantle the vaccine inequality that undermines our ability to confront this crisis and make vaccine technologies available to all, regardless of wealth,” posted Sanders on Twitter.
The time for debate by the members of the World Trade Organization is over. We must urgently move NOW to dismantle the vaccine inequality that undermines our ability to confront this crisis and make vaccine technologies available to all, regardless of wealth. https://t.co/txABdnimbB
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 30, 2021
President Biden addressed the nation Monday over growing concerns of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19; saying widespread vaccinations are the best defense against the “omnicrom” strain.
“The best protection—I know you’re tired of hearing me say this— the best protection against this new variant or any of the variants out there…is getting fully vaccinated,” said Biden from the White House.
President Biden addressed the nation about the Omicron variant.
In a relatable move, he mispronounced it as "Omnicron" the whole time. pic.twitter.com/4fNulAv8Eq
— The Recount (@therecount) November 29, 2021
Pres. Biden on omicron variant: “The best protection—I know you’re tired of hearing me say this— the best protection against this new variant or any of the variants out there…is getting fully vaccinated.” https://t.co/XMcusGyKcc pic.twitter.com/XKv8teO401
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 29, 2021
“Go get the booster shot today!” claimed Biden. “A fully-vaccinated booster person is the most protected against COVID.”
Watch the President’s comments above.