Hamilton health officials are confirming the city’s first case of the Omicron variant.
On Monday, Hamilton Public Health Service (HPHS) announced that there are two suspected cases of the Omicron variant after two individuals tested positive for COVID-19 following a trip to South Africa. .
On Saturday morning, Public Health Ontario confirmed that one of those individuals had tested positive for this variant, which was first detected in southern Africa last week.
This marks Ontario’s 12th confirmed case of the Omicron variant.
“The outcome of the second case under investigation is in the process of being explained and is expected in the coming days,” HPHS said in a press release.
The two individuals and their close contacts are self-isolating and HPHS is conducting contact and case management.
“It is important for the community to remain calm and trust that all levels of government will follow the science as it relates to the Omicron variant,” said Dr Ninh Tran, Hamilton medical officer, in a statement. An announcement.
“Hamilton Public Health Service remains committed to keeping the community informed in the coming days and weeks as we learn more about the Omicron variant,” he added.
All public health units in Ontario have been directed to manage confirmed cases of COVID-19 who have traveled internationally in the past 14 days as a patient under investigation for Omicron .
Yesterday, Toronto confirmed the first three cases of the Omicron variant found in two people returning from a trip to Nigeria and the other traveling to Switzerland.