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First omicron COVID-19 case reported in Illinois in individual who was vaccinated, boosted

Added 12-08-21 09:23:01am EST - “Illinois reported its first case of the omicron COVID-19 variant on Tuesday.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “First omicron COVID-19 case reported in Illinois in individual who was vaccinated, boosted”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Tuesday evening the case was a Chicago resident who was fully vaccinated with a booster dose and didn’t require hospitalization.

The person “is improving and has been self-isolating since their symptoms began,” IDPH said in a statement. “Public health officials continue to perform contact tracing. Additional information about the individual is not available to protect their identity and protected health information.”

The department renewed its call for hospitals and laboratories in Illinois to increase the number of positive specimens they send to IDPH labs for sequencing.

“Scientists need time to learn more about the omicron COVID-19 variant, but in the meantime, we already know how to be vigilant,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “So, get your vaccine, 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.”

South African health officials first discovered the variant on Nov. 24 and initial reports are that symptoms are mild. No deaths have been reported in Illinois from the omicron variant.

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