SEATTLE (NWN) – The first three cases of the Omicron coronavirus disease have been confirmed in Washington state, officials said Saturday.
According to the Washington Department of Health, cases were found in three counties: Thurston, Pierce and King. The patients – two men and one woman – are between 20 and 39 years old.
The samples of all three were collected between November 29 and December 1 and the cases were confirmed in a state laboratory.
The department said the investigation is still preliminary and details on the travel history of the patients are not yet known. However, he said that he does not believe that the cases are related.
“We knew it was a matter of time before the sequence of omicrons in our state, and so we were anticipating this news,” Health Secretary Dr. Umair Shah said in a release. “We urge people to get vaccinated and get their boosters as soon as possible to maximize their level of protection by any means.”
Details about the patients’ condition were not immediately released.
Much is unknown about Omicron, including whether it is more contagious, as some health officials have suspected, whether it can thwart vaccines and whether it makes people as sick as the original strain. Is.
Given the realities of international travel, the scientists said it was inevitable that the Omicron variant would be discovered in the US, and they believed it must have been circulating in the country before being detected. The version has been confirmed in several states.,
The coronavirus is constantly evolving, but most of the mutations are insignificant. At this point, scientists are trying to figure out whether Omicron spreads more easily or causes more severe disease than the delta version. They are also studying how well existing vaccines work against it.