The Department of Health is also monitoring other investigated COVID-19 cases for the Omicron variant based on travel history and is working with the province to monitor COVID-19 variants of concern, including Delta and Omicron, ”the local public health unit said.
He also said he would no longer reveal information about the confirmed case.
4 Omicron cases confirmed in Ottawa, more under investigation in Ontario
Earlier this week, four more cases of COVID-19 of the Omicron variant were detected in Ontario.
Omicron was recently declared the fifth variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) since the start of the pandemic.
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Health officials are still unsure whether Omicron is more transmissible, but the WHO said it would have more data “in a few days”.
The federal government recently imposed travel restrictions on southern African countries including Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe .
“Although this new variant is not a reason to be alarmed, it is important to remain vigilant and to continue to follow the public health measures which have proved to be effective throughout the pandemic”, declared the doctor- Durham Region hygienist, Dr. Robert Kyle.
Outbreak declared at East Toronto Detention Center
Meanwhile, Toronto Public Health (TPH) said it has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at the East Toronto Detention Center involving the Omicron variant.
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In a Twitter post on Thursday, TPH said the original case involved a staff member at the facility, located near Birchmount Road and Eglinton Avenue.
Four inmates at the center have also tested positive for COVID-19, but the strain of the virus for these cases is not yet known.
Earlier Thursday, TPH said in a press release that they had declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at the East Toronto Detention Center “out of excess of caution.”
“The person who tested positive is currently under investigation by the Durham Region Health Department with a suspected case of the COVID-19 variant Omicron,” the statement said.
At the time, officials said there was no evidence of transmission within the facility.
It is not clear whether the case at the detention center is the same Omicron case confirmed by Durham health officials on Thursday or if it is linked to it. Global News contacted both TPH and DRHD, but neither health unit provided a clarification.
TPH said its investigation into the detention center began on November 26, and the facility voluntarily began redirecting new admissions on Monday.
The Solicitor General’s office told Global News in a statement that it was aware of the outbreak at the facility and added that COVID-19 precautions were in place, including the diversion of new admissions and the suspension of public visits.
Inmates and staff are being tested, the statement said.
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