Hawaii Detects 12 cases of Omicron Variant on Oahu

On Dec. 10, the Department of Health’s State Laboratories Division announced that they detected 12 cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant on Oahu.

State Epidemologist Dr. Sarah Kemble explained that the infected individuals aren’t connected with one another which indicated that “the Omicron variant is spreading deeper into our communities.”

“People who have tested positive should isolate themselves. Close contact and people with symptoms should get tested regardless of vaccination status,” Kemble said.”

Four COVID-19 cases are detected among patrons of the Scarlet Honolulu Nightclub on Pauahi Street. According to the Department of Health’s (DOH) press release, two of those individuals “exhibit a molecular clue indicating the possible presence of the Omicron variant.”

The DOH advices all Scarlet Honolulu customers who visited since Dec. 3 to get tested. The DOH also thanks the Scarlet Honolulu management for cooperating with COVID-19 case investigations.

The Omicron variant is showing signs that it is even more transmissible than the Delta variant, according to DOH.

Moreover, COVID-19 vaccines and boosters appear to slow the spread of the Omicron variant and are effective in preventing severe cases of infections. The community is strongly advised to wear face masks and avoid crowdy places.

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