Whatcom County, Washington, became the fourth county in the state to report at least one case of the newest COVID-19 variation after state health officials verified the first case of omicron on Friday in the county.
According to a Whatcom County Health Department press release, the individual who tested positive for omicron had received all of his vaccinations and was placed in isolation. According to officials, it is unclear whether the man, who is in his 30s, had been traveling or had been exposed to a sick person.
Additionally, according to Public Health – Seattle & King County, five additional omicron cases were verified on Friday in King County. Only three of the five cases had information readily accessible at the time of the investigation, and in those three cases, the people had recently traveled inside the United States but not worldwide, and none had been admitted to a hospital.
In the county of King, a total of six cases have been verified thus far.
A report from the public health officials stated that “Omicron is currently circulating, and we anticipate that infections will continue to grow over the next several weeks.”
The three initial cases of omicron were verified on December 4 in Thurston, Pierce, and King counties, according to officials. The first verified case of omicron in King County was discovered when a lady in her twenties tested positive.
Despite the fact that the lady had not traveled recently, the variation was spreading locally, according to an update from Public Health – Seattle & King County. However, there was no indication of widespread exposure, according to the statement.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly all documented occurrences of omicron in the United States have resulted in moderate sickness, with the majority of those affected having been immunized.
Despite the fact that much is yet understood about the variant, health experts have observed that it spreads more readily than prior COVID variants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.