December 02. The World Health Organization deemed coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 — also known as omicron — a variant of concern and the U.S. followed suit Nov. 30 also classifying it as a variant of concern. The nation’s first cases have been reported as U.S. officials race to contain it.
- The first case of a COVID-19 patient with the omicron variant in the U.S. was detected by officials in California on Dec. 1. The Los Angeles Public Health Department reported a second case Dec. 2.
- The Minnesota Department of Public Health reported the first case of the omicron variant in the state on Dec. 2.
- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment officials confirmed the state’s first case of the omicron variant on Dec. 2.
- New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Dec. 2 five cases of the omicron variant were reported in the state.
- The Hawaii Department of Public Health confirmed a case of the omicron variant Dec. 2.
Source: Beckers Hospital