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First 3 cases of COVID-19 omicron variant confirmed Maryland

The omicron variant’s presence in Maryland was confirmed by the Maryland Department of Health Public Health Laboratory, in collaboration with partner laboratories.

All three of the cases involve individuals from the Baltimore area — two cases are from the same household, including a vaccinated individual who recently traveled to South Africa and an unvaccinated person who was a close contact of that individual. One unrelated case involves a vaccinated individual with no known recent travel history. None of the three individuals are hospitalized.

Comprehensive contact tracing efforts are underway to ensure that potential close contacts are quickly identified, quarantined and tested.

“Thanks to our aggressive surveillance system, we have quickly identified the first cases of the omicron variant in Maryland,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. “We urge Marylanders to continue taking precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Getting a vaccine or a booster shot is the single most important thing that you can do to protect yourself and those around you. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we will continue to keep Marylanders updated as new information becomes available.”

The omicron variant was confirmed in the United States with the first case in California. It quickly spread to Minnesota, then several more cases were confirmed in New York, and even more in Colorado, Hawaii and Nebraska.

The omicron variant is a new and potentially more contagious variant of COVID-19 that was discovered in southern Africa. There’s still a lot unknown about omicron. Researchers are working as quickly as they can to learn more, but they said what they see so far is concerning.

For now, doctors continue to say the best form of defense is getting vaccinated.

Source: WBALTV