First confirmed case of omicron variant detected in California

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A resident of San Francisco has the first confirmed case of the omicron COVID-19 variant in the U.S., officials said.

Scientists are still learning about the new variant, and have not yet confirmed exactly how transmissible it is or how the vaccine responds to it.

White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke on what is currently known about the first U.S. case at the White House Press Briefing on Wednesday.

During a White House Press Briefing Wednesday, White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the patient was fully vaccinated and had just returned to the San Francisco region on Nov. 22 after spending time in South Africa.

The patient tested positive on Nov. 29.

Gov. Gavin Newsom took to Twitter, recommending Californians not to panic.

The patient had not received a booster shot due to not being six months apart from getting the second dose, Gov. Newsom said during a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon.

Gov. Newsom added that the patient is aged between 18 and 49 years old.

The governor and local officials do not at this time anticipate instating new restrictions, such as lockdowns, on Californians as a result of the omicron variant.

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