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Georgian woman tests positive for omicron variant – WSB-TV Channel 2 – .

ATLANTA – Health officials say a woman in Georgia has tested positive for the omicron variant. The Georgia Department of Public Health said she is currently in isolation after traveling to New Jersey.

DPH said the person “recently traveled from South Africa and was in Georgia for two days before heading to New Jersey where testing and sequencing was done.”

Health officials said the person was also fully vaccinated.

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The New Jersey Department of Health said the woman had shown moderate symptoms and is now recovering after receiving treatment at an emergency department in northern Jersey.

“Vaccination and boosters are essential to prevent further transmission of COVID-19 and help prevent the emergence of new variants like omicron,” said Kathleen Toomey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “Only 51% of Georgians are fully vaccinated and among these individuals, less than 20% have received booster doses. “

DPH said contact tracing is underway in New Jersey and Georgia to identify close contacts at risk of infection. So far, no other case of omicron in Georgia has been identified.

The omicron variant has been detected in several US states, including New York, California, Colorado, and others. Scientists said this shows yet again how mutations in the virus can travel around the world with speed and ease.


Health officials in every state have said there is no reason for undue alarm. But the spread of cases, some involving people who hadn’t been far from home recently, meant the variant was probably already circulating in parts of the United States.

The Omicron is classified by the World Health Organization as a “variant of concern” as scientists work to determine how it can compare to the predominant delta variant in terms of transmissibility and severity. Scientists are also studying how well existing vaccines and therapies protect against omicron.

Scientists in South Africa reported it for the first time, but the samples came from several countries in southern Africa. And health officials in the Netherlands now say it was found there before detection in South Africa.

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As the comfort of air travel returns, it is inevitable that new variants like omicron will spread from country to country and state to state, said epidemiologist Prof Danielle Ompad. at the School of Global Public Health at New York University.

“We shouldn’t panic, but we should be worried,” she said.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report



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