CDC: Second U.S. person diagnosed with Covid Omicron was also vaccinated, ‘shows the importance of getting vaccinated’

The second person in the U.S. officially diagnosed with a variant of Covid named “Omicron” was, like the first patient, vaccinated.

That’s according to health officials.

Nonetheless, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the emergence of Omicron among vaccinated people shows the importance of preventing Covid and its spread by getting vaccinated.

Read the announcement from Minnesota Health Officials followed by information from CDC.

Lab testing confirms state’s first COVID-19 case involving Omicron variant 

Infected Minnesota resident recently returned from domestic travel; variant was found through MDH variant surveillance program, which is one of the strongest surveillance programs in the nation

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today announced that its Public Health Laboratory has found the variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as Omicron in a specimen from a Minnesota resident with recent travel history to New York City. 

The variant was found through the MDH variant surveillance program, which is one of strongest surveillance programs in the nation. Having a robust virus surveillance system in place allowed MDH to quickly identify Omicron once it entered the state and made it more likely that Minnesota would be among the first states to find the variant.

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, Minnesota’s nation-leading genome sequencing infrastructure and strong testing network have allowed the state to quickly track the COVID-19 virus and better understand its spread. Today, those tools detected a case of the Omicron variant in Minnesota,” said Governor Tim Walz. “This news is concerning, but it is not a surprise. We know that this virus is highly infectious and moves quickly throughout the world. Minnesotans know what to do to keep each other safe now — get the vaccine, get tested, wear a mask indoors, and get a booster. Together, we can fight this virus and help keep Minnesotans safe.”

While Omicron is classified by the World Health Organization as a Variant of Concern, scientists are still working to determine how it may compare with the predominant Delta variant in terms of transmissibility and disease severity. Scientists also are studying the degree to which existing vaccines and therapies protect against Omicron. 

According to Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm, this new finding underscores the importance of continued efforts by all Minnesotans to limit the spread of COVID-19 in any form. 

“We still have more to learn about Omicron, but the most important thing we can do right now is to use the tools we have available to make it as hard as possible for this virus to spread,” Commissioner Malcolm said. “In addition to vaccination and boosters, we can slow the spread of this variant and all COVID-19 variants by using the tried-and-true prevention methods of wearing masks, staying home when sick, and getting tested when appropriate.”

The person with the Omicron variant is an adult male, is a resident of Hennepin County, and had been vaccinated. The person developed mild symptoms on Nov. 22 and sought COVID-19 testing on Nov. 24. The person’s symptoms have resolved.  The person spoke with MDH case investigators and reported traveling to New York City and attended the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Javits Center from Nov. 19-21. The person was advised to isolate from others. Minnesota epidemiologists will continue to investigate in collaboration with New York City and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Meanwhile, health officials urge Minnesotans to take the following steps to protect against COVID-19, including variants like Omicron: 

  • Get vaccinated and if eligible get a booster. To find a vaccine near you, visit Find my vaccine.
  • Wear well-fitting masks in indoor public settings and crowded outdoor settings.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, have traveled as per guidelines or have been in a setting where you may have been exposed.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Stay away from crowds.
  • Improve ventilation in your home and workplace.
  • Take extra care to avoid exposure to the virus if you have medical conditions or live with someone with medical conditions.

Visit the MDH website for more information on COVID-19.

From CDC:

Public health authorities investigating additional confirmed case of COVID-19 
caused by the Omicron variant

CDC is working with the Minnesota Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene toinvestigate a confirmed case of COVID-19 caused by the Omicron variant. The individual, a resident of Minnesota, developed mild symptoms on November 22 and sought COVID-19 testing on November 24. The person has since recovered. The individual traveled to New York City and attended the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Javits Center from November 19-21, 2021.

CDC recommends people follow COVID-19 prevention strategies. Everyone 5 years and older should get vaccinated and get a booster shot, if recommended. Get tested if you have symptoms and stay home if you are sick.

The following is attributable to CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky

“CDC has been actively monitoring and preparing for this variant. We have been working closely with Minnesota’s Department of Health and will continue to work diligently with other U.S. and global public health and industry partners as we learn more. CDC has expanded its capacity for genomic sequencing over the past nine months and we have more tools to fight the variant than we had at this time last year from vaccines to boosters to the prevention strategies that we know work including masking in indoor public settings, washing your hands frequently and physical distancing. These methods work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, no matter the genetic sequence.”

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19 thoughts on “CDC: Second U.S. person diagnosed with Covid Omicron was also vaccinated, ‘shows the importance of getting vaccinated’”

  1. California keeps some interesting statistics on COVID-19 cases and deaths. Less than 16% of the population accounted for less than 11% of the cases, but more than 70% of the deaths.

    Interestingly, another 22.5% of the population accounted for 15% of the cases and 0% of the deaths.

    But the government seeks a one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with the disease.

  2. Government wonks and bureaucrats have the majority of times offered one-size-fits-all solutions. Their solutions are always derived from pedantic approaches, lacking any inputs from real life. The fact that they are dealing with people, who individually are unique, and require customizable solutions to engender the best outcomes for each, is lost to them. Why? Because they think and act in a collective fashion and so thoughts of the uniqueness of individuals are lacking or completely absent.

  3. It could change, but so far, the omicron variant seems to be mild, supporting the initial claims coming from the South African health commissioner. If this holds up, omicron may be good news, because a widespread infection with a mild variant could significantly boost herd immunity. But is that what the authorities WANT, or at this point is punishing the disobedient unvaccinated their highest priority? Or does Fauci think that when his moment passes, Science itself will die?

  4. I have a simple question and would like one of three responses from “medical authorities”: Yes/No/Unknown.

    ? If I have been infected with the “whatever variant” of Covid-19, am I protected from being infected by any other known variant?

    Follow-up question(s) abound.

    1. I’m not from the medical community, but I have a question for you. Which medical community members would you trust to answer anything truthfully that might cost them a buck?

  5. As Lara Logan said in a recent report: this perpetual infection plan is not about our health. This is an excuse to create a perpetual global totalitarian lockdown. Even former VP of Pfizer, Dr Michael Yeadon, has stated that variants ought to be called “same-nants.” Colds, flus, aka viruses mutate–this is science fact. The deliberate “juicing” of a viral strain in a lab is evidence of a biowarfare agenda–and we can either ignore this fact or accept the evidence at hand to consider how we the common people are under siege. Whether one believes that there is a de-population effort or not (even though the UN itself has indicated the need to reduce the global population) the evidence for a concerted totalitarian lockdown effort, with digital passports, while limiting civil freedoms–is happening now in plain sight. Austria, Australia,and Greece are first in line and the global Beta test. Non-compliance and a concerted effort on the part of the collective populace is necessary.

  6. It’s like living in a Hitchcock show… the vaccinated are getting sick and spreading the virus so getting vaccinated is an important step in what? stopping transmission and Illness? I’m far too logical to understand how this is a supporting statement for the clot shots.

    1. I love your comment. If the “clot shot” doesn’t prevent COVID or the spread or COVID, what’s the point? The chances of having an adverse reaction to the shot is greater than having the virus, so it doesn’t make sense to me.

    2. You may have seen the meme, usually accompanied by a photo of Biden, that says, “The protected must be protected from the unprotected by forcing the unprotected to use the same protection that didn’t protect the protected.”

  7. The first three lines under the Headline BEST DEMONSTRATE THE ILLOGICAL statements, directives, actions by the CDC. Has America really become that STUPID?

  8. Walensky was just on TV claiming that people who are getting re-infected with the Omicron variant are ones who were previously infected with Covid. There goes the natural immunity theory. Go figure.
    What a bunch of crap….but she said it with a straight face.
    Hitchcock just entered the Twilight Zone.

    1. A story from Norway says that about 60 people were infected with omicron at an office party, and that everyone at the party had been vaccinated.

    2. I read somewhere that they weren’t sure if some of the infected were vaxxed or not–I would think that was an important piece of data to collect but then again, CDC is not collecting much info on natural acquired immunity (see Aaron Suri, attorney on substack), unless they can use it to contintue manipulating the public. That’s what I’ve been looking for, those who were previously infected but got vaxxed anyway–are they more apt to reinfection? I’m thinking yes based on other studies I’ve read that state shots may ruin the immune system. There are other 100+ studies show chance of reinfection for natural acquired immune UNVAXXED is like way less than 1% chance.

  9. Now there’s a story that as many as 60 people were infected with omicron at an office party in Norway. All people at the party were reportedly vaccinated.

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