“They did the right thing and got tested.” First U.S. omicron case found in SF

Breaking News 4.15.2019

San Francisco has been a world leader in keeping track of the Covid-19 and keeping its nearly 900,000 citizens safe and healthy.

Unfortunate as it is the first U.S. Omicron case was found here, the City’s residents can be assured that local government authorities are zealous, vigilant and unrelenting in their actions to protect the public from the ravages of the Pandemic.

San Francisco Chronicle 12.1.2021

A case of the omicron coronavirus variant has been identified in a San Francisco resident — the first in the country, officials said Wednesday.

The case was detected in someone who traveled to the U.S. from South Africa the week of Thanksgiving and tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, according to San Francisco public health director Grant Colfax.

“They did the right thing and got tested,” Colfax said at a chaotic press briefing on Wednesday outside San Francisco’s City Hall.

That person, who had been healthy, was fully vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine — but not a booster — and developed mild symptoms upon their return, he said.

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San Francisco Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax meets the Press with Mayor London Breed

The variant was discovered through genomic sequencing at UCSF.

“This is not a surprise. We knew that omicron was going to be here,” Colfax said. “We thought it was already here. This is cause for concern. It’s not cause for us to panic. We are prepared in the city for this.”

Colfax said he does not anticipate changing public health orders at this time or implementing new restrictions.

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