Illinois has confirmed case of Omicron COVID-19 variant – Community News

Illinois has confirmed case of Omicron COVID-19 variant

CHICAGO, Illinois (WIFR) — The Illinois and Chicago Departments of Public Health on Tuesday confirmed the first known COVID-19 case in Illinois caused by the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

A Chicago resident was in touch with a confirmed Omicron case from another state who visited him. The Chicago resident — fully vaccinated with a booster dose — did not require hospitalization, is improving and has been in self-isolation since their symptoms began. Contact tracing continues.

No other information is available at this time.

“Scientists need time to learn more about the Omicron COVID-19 variant, but in the meantime we already know how to be vigilant,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “So get your vaccine, get your booster, wear your mask indoors, wash your hands and get tested for COVID-19 if you feel sick or have been exposed to someone who tested positive. I encourage all Illinois residents to make a plan to best protect themselves and their loved ones, especially during the holiday season.”

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