On December 1, the first case of COVID-19 attributed to the Omicron variant was reported in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of December 8, Omicron variant cases had been reported in 22 states, including some that indicated community transmission. Of 43 cases with initial follow-up, there was one hospitalization for 2 days and no deaths.
Among the characteristics of the cases:
To accelerate detection of the Omicron variant cases until they are common enough to be reliably measured by routine genomic surveillance, enhanced surveillance has been initiated through National SARS-CoV-2 Strain Surveillance, the CDC says.Read More >>