Hamilton and Region of Peel Confirm First Cases of Omicron Variant of COVID-19 – .

Hamilton, Ont. Confirms first case of Omicron COVID-19 variant – .

Hamilton and Peel region health officials confirmed their first cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant on Saturday.

In a press release on Saturday evening, Peel Public Health said the region’s first case has been identified in a person who is close contact of a case related to travel to Halton Region.

The health unit said the person is isolating themselves at home and added that the risk of further spread is low.

“With variants like Omicron emerging around the world, residents need to continue to mask themselves, socially distance themselves, get tested and isolate themselves when sick,” said Dr. Lawrence Loh, medical officer. Peel Region hygienist, in a statement.

“Most importantly, I encourage you to receive two doses of the vaccine as soon as possible. Those eligible for a third or booster dose are encouraged to get their extra dose as well. “

Earlier today, Hamilton also reported his first case of the omicron variant of concern.

Hamilton Public Health Services (HPHS) announced on Monday that there were two suspected cases of the Omicron variant after two people tested positive for COVID-19 following a trip to South Africa.

On Saturday morning, Public Health Ontario confirmed that one of those people had tested positive for the variant, which was first discovered in southern Africa last week.

“The outcome of the second case under investigation is being sequenced and expected in the coming days,” HPHS said in a statement.

The two people and their close contacts self-isolate and HPHS manages cases and contacts.

“It is important that the community remain calm and have confidence that all levels of government will follow the science with regard to the Omicron variant,” Hamilton deputy medical officer of health Dr. Ninh Tran said in a statement.

“Hamilton Public Health Services remains committed to keeping the community informed in the days and weeks to come as we learn more about the Omicron variant,” he added.

All Ontario public health units have been ordered to manage confirmed cases of COVID-19 that have traveled overseas in the past 14 days as a patient under investigation for Omicron.

With the two new cases on Saturday, the Omicron variant was discovered in all health units in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton.

Toronto confirmed its first three cases of the Omicron variant in two people returning from a trip to Nigeria and the other who had traveled to Switzerland on Friday.


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