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2 confirmed cases of COVID Omicron variant in Denver – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4)– Two cases of COVID-19 variant Omicron have been confirmed in the City and County of Denver. Those cases were “community-acquired,” indicating community transmission in the area.

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Omicron variants have also been detected in other communities around Colorado.

Cases were confirmed on Friday, December 17. One case was found in a fully vaccinated male who received a booster dose of the vaccine. The other case is a woman who is fully vaccinated but not enhanced.

Both individuals have reported mild symptoms. To date, no close association is known to be associated with either of these cases that have tested positive for this variant.

According to the Denver Department of Public Health and the Environment, along with the state agency, vaccination is the best method to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.

Additional information from DDPHE:

The emergence of a new variant underscores the importance of following public health guidelines, including vaccination and receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Although breakthrough infections can occur after vaccination, vaccination will protect against serious illness and hospitalization.

Early studies indicate that a booster dose of the vaccine will provide additional protection against the Omicron variant. People 16 years of age and older should get a booster dose if they received a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least six months ago or received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months before their initial dose. In addition to vaccination, the use of face coverings, social distancing, and hand washing are effective methods in slowing the transmission of COVID-19.

Denver’s current public health The order requires individuals 2 years of age and older to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces. Instead, local businesses and locations can voluntarily perform vaccine verification checks before entering their business, in which case masks will not be needed if they have verified that at least 95 % of people in the facility who have been vaccinated. Businesses must notify DDPHE if they plan to implement vaccine verification testing.

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In line with CDPHE, DDPHE recommends that new international travelers be screened three to five days after their return by molecular testing or PCR, regardless of symptoms or immunization history. Anyone, regardless of immunization status, who develops symptoms must Tested immediately and in isolation.

CDPHE monitors the presence of variants in the state and conducts genetic sequencing of COVID-19-positive samples from around the state. This allows CDPHE to track variations in circulation in the state. Find current Colorado variation data online.

As everyone gathers for the holiday, keep these tips in mind to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Vaccination

Get vaccinated against COVID-19 and get your booster shot. Vaccines are safe, effective, accessible, and the safest way to keep your loved ones safe this holiday season.

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Tested

People who feel sick or have any symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell or sore throat, please stay home, Tested and isolate or isolate if necessary.

Wear a face covering

Everyone 2 years of age and older is required to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when indoors unless in a facility that is testing immunizations. You should also wear a face covering in crowded places outdoors and in private homes if not everyone is vaccinated.

Hold a safe gathering

Plan a gathering where everyone over the age of 5 is vaccinated. Consider holding a smaller, shorter outdoor gathering. Outdoor events are generally safer than indoor events; Smaller groups are generally safer than larger groups; and shorter gatherings are generally safer than longer ones.

Stay home if you are sick

People who feel sick (fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of taste or sore throat) should stay home, get tested, and isolate or isolate if necessary.

https://denver.cbslocal.com/2021/12/21/covid-omicron-variant-confirmed-denver/ 2 confirmed cases of COVID Omicron variant in Denver – CBS Denver

Huynh Nguyen

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