SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A Georgia resident has now tested positive for the new ommicron variant of the coronavirus, the state health department announced Friday.
The resident — who was fully vaccinated — recently traveled from South Africa to Georgia, where they stayed for two days before heading to New Jersey, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).
The testing was conducted in New Jersey and the individual remains isolated there at this time.
DPH said no additional omicron cases have been identified in Georgia at this time, although contact is being sought to identify close contacts.
DPH Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey released the following statement regarding the detection:
Vaccination and boosters are key to preventing further transmission of COVID-19 and helping
prevent the development of new variants such as ommicron. Only 51% of Georgians are fully vaccinated and of those individuals less than 20% have received booster doses.
Early data suggests that ommicron appears to be more contagious than the delta variant.
According to the DPH, studies show that after vaccination against COVID-19, protection against the virus and the ability to prevent infection with variants may decrease over time.