Hawaii residents with omicrons have no travel history, officials say


HONOLULU (KHON2) – Hawaii health officials confirmed the state’s first case of the omicron variant on Thursday.

The new variant was found in an unvaccinated adult under the age of 65 who was previously infected with the coronavirus in 2020, said Dr Sarah Kemble, state epidemiologist.

On Monday, Hawaii’s health department received a notice from Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc. on a specimen with molecular clues suggesting it may be the omicron variant. The State Laboratories Division then performed “rapid whole-genome sequencing” and positively identified this specimen as the omicron variant.

“This is not a reason to panic, but a reason to worry. It’s a reminder that the pandemic is on the way. We need to protect ourselves by getting vaccinated, wearing masks, staying away from the largest crowds possible,” said Department of Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char.

Dr. Kemble said this initial case was from Oahu; however, more specific information about which part of the island was not immediately released. The patient experienced mild to moderate symptoms, including headache, body aches, and cough.

The patient is currently isolated at home and has not been hospitalized, nor has travel been reported.

“There is no travel history outside of the state, suggesting that community transmission of the omicron strain has occurred in Hawaii,” said Dr Kemble.

She added that it was possible the person had been exposed by contact with other travellers, but the connection was unconfirmed as of Thursday. It remains unclear if the person attended any major events, or what their occupation is.

Health officials are continuing to investigate this case and track the omicron variation in Hawaii.

“Some of the concerns about this variant are that it has the potential to disrupt a vaccine and a natural infection. So there’s still a lot to learn about this variant, a lot of unknowns but we’re keeping a close eye… The bottom line on prevention measures, they’re basically unchanged. We still predict that vaccination will be one of the best ways to slow transmission, whether it’s the first dose or the booster shot.”

Dr. Sarah Kemble, State Epidemiologist

Dr Kemble also said the DOH is currently “actively sequencing” samples for the omicron variant across all of the Hawaiian islands.

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