Alaskas first case of omicron variant detected in Anchorage resident – Anchorage Daily News

Alaskas first case of a new coronavirus variation was spotted in an Anchorage local Monday, the citys health department said.The omicron variant was discovered through genomic sequencing by the Alaska State Public Health Laboratory, the department said in a written statement.The variant was found in someone who tested favorable for the virus in Anchorage after taking a trip worldwide in November, according to the department.The variant, first spotted worldwide in November, was classified as a “Variant of Concern,” by the World Health Organization. Regardless of unknowns surrounding the variant, health authorities still continue to emphasize that vaccination, using a mask in public and screening can all help slow transmission and lower the possibilities of a new version. Zink stated Alaskans who have taken a trip globally must get checked 3 to 5 days after showing up back in the state, regardless of vaccination or symptoms, though unvaccinated travelers are urged to quarantine for a week after their trip.A bulk of states and more than 60 nations around the globe have identified the variant.In Washington state, an anomaly normal of the variation was discovered in 13% of 217 brand-new cases Wednesday, after just having identified the variant 2 weeks previously, the New York Times reported this week.