Michigan’s first omicron case confirmed in Kent County




GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Well being officers say Michigan’s first confirmed case of the omicron variant of coronavirus has been detected in an individual in Kent County.

The one that examined constructive is an grownup who was totally vaccinated towards COVID-19 however had not obtained a booster dose, the Michigan Division of Well being and Human Service stated Thursday.

Pfizer says a booster of its vaccine will assist shield towards omicron. These boosters had been opened as much as folks as younger as 16 on Thursday.

“The identification of the Omicron variant will not be surprising,” Kent County Well being Division Well being Officer Adam London stated in a press release launched by MDHHS. “We’re lucky that we’ve got efficient, secure and obtainable vaccines that may shield us from this sickness. We proceed to induce folks to get their vaccine and to get their boosters as quickly as they’re eligible.”

Omicron is taken into account a variant of concern as a result of it might be extra contagious than the preliminary pressure of the virus. The excellent news is that to date, omicron doesn’t seem to trigger extra severe circumstances of COVID-19 — although specialists have cautioned they’re nonetheless investigating.

The Kent County particular person examined constructive for the virus on Dec. 3 and genetic sequencing subsequently confirmed it was omicron. Not each constructive check is sequenced. MDHHS is investigating the case and reaching out to individuals who could also be shut contacts.

Greater than 20 different states have already confirmed omicron circumstances, however delta remains to be america’ greatest downside and it’s the variant driving the present surge.

Michigan well being officers reminded folks that the vaccines are nonetheless one of the best ways to guard your self from COVID-19. Whereas breakthrough circumstances exist, they’re usually extra delicate that circumstances in those that aren’t vaccinated.

“We proceed to induce Michiganders ages 5 and as much as get vaccinated and proceed collaborating in measures we all know gradual the unfold of the virus by carrying well-fitting masks correctly, socially distancing, avoiding crowds, washing their palms typically and testing for COVID-19,” MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel stated. “Vaccines are our greatest protection towards the virus and the way we are able to handle the unfold of COVID-19.”

Nearly all of folks at the moment hospitalized with COVID-19 in Michigan haven’t been totally vaccinated. The state says individuals who haven’t been vaccinated are greater than 4 instances extra prone to catch coronavirus and greater than 9 instances extra prone to die of it.

“We have now instruments that forestall the unfold of COVID-19, together with Omicron. Nonetheless, we proceed to see that these not using these instruments, together with vaccines, are disproportionately affected by this virus,” the state’s chief medical government Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian stated. “The information is evident that these vaccines are extraordinarily secure and efficient, and the negative effects of COVID-19 are a lot worse than receiving a vaccine. I emphasize the significance of not ready to get vaccinated. Now could be the time.”

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