First cases of Omicron variant identified in the District of Columbia

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WASHINGTON, DC – Four cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant have been discovered in Washington, DC, the first confirmed cases of the variant in the district, health officials said Sunday afternoon.

The DC Health Department announced Sunday that any of the four cases have no known connection to one another. Virginia reported its first case of the Omicron variant last Thursday, and Maryland reported its first cases on December 3.

District officials said all four people had been fully vaccinated. One person was entitled to a booster but had not yet received it, while it was unclear whether the remaining three had received a booster.

City health officials said the four people who have the variant are:

  • An adult female traveling domestically to Florida and New York. She was fully vaccinated and entitled to the booster vaccination, but had not yet received it. All close contacts were contacted and advised by the DC Health Contact Trace Force.
  • An adult female traveling home to Maryland during the Thanksgiving holiday season. She was fully vaccinated and her booster status is unknown. All close contacts were contacted.
  • A grown man with no known journey. He was fully vaccinated and his booster status is unknown. No exposures or close contacts were known.
  • An adult female traveling home to Virginia during the Thanksgiving holiday season. She was fully vaccinated and her booster status is unknown. All close contacts were contacted and advised by the DC Health Contact Trace Force.

Everyone 5 and older should get vaccinated, DC health officials said Sunday. Anyone 16 or older who received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna on or before June 12, or who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on or before October 12, is encouraged to get one as soon as possible To receive a booster dose.

Residents can visit a doctor to get the vaccine, find a local pharmacy and schedule an appointment at vaccines.gov, visit a DC government contact listed on vaccinate.dc.gov, or request a home vaccination at 1- . 855-363-0333.

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