Friday, March 01, 2024|
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Hawaii now has 50 confirmed cases of the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus.
The state Department of Health said 49 of the 50 cases are on Oahu. The source and location of the remaining case is still being investigated.
It is reasonable to believe omicron may be present on the neighbor islands, according to the DOH.
Early research shows the omicron variant spreads more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus.
COVID-19 vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the omicron variant. The emergence of omicron further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters, the DOH said. However, more breakthrough cases in people who are fully vaccinated are likely to occur.
DOH strongly encourages COVID-19 booster shots for everyone eligible.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even mild symptoms, is asked to stay home from work, school and other activities. They should avoid other people and get tested.
Anyone who is a close contact of a known COVID-19 positive individual should get tested regardless of vaccination status.
DOH advises people to administer home tests before and after travel and before attending gatherings or large events.
Home tests are available for purchase at local pharmacies.
Information on free testing and vaccines is available at www.hawaiicovid19.com.
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