The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Wednesday said in a statement that the first case of what has been dubbed the omicron variant has been confirmed in the United States, in San Francisco, California, to be exact. "The individual was a traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22, 2021. The individual had mild symptoms that are improving, is self-quarantining and has been since testing positive. All close contacts have been contacted and have tested negative," the statement read.
Breaking: The first confirmed case of #OmicronVariant has been detected in the United States. Everyone 5 years and older should get vaccinated against #COVID19. Boosters are recommended for everyone 18 years and older. Read CDC's full statement. https://t.co/raCFpQ6I1h— CDC (@CDCgov) December 1, 2021
"OmicronVarient" was trending over Twitter on Wednesday, as was "California," with some users pointing out that perhaps the Biden administration will ban travel from California, just as the administration did when it comes to eight African countries in response to the variant.
Is California going to be subjected to travel bans now? https://t.co/HJHf4vdkVV— Christina Pushaw ?? (@ChristinaPushaw) December 1, 2021
Is Biden going to shut down travel to and from California? https://t.co/70HsjXAkcM— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 1, 2021
Ban all travel from California immediately. Also the nuclear option has to be on the table. https://t.co/OFgHTQTTdx— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) December 1, 2021
The travel ban was announced last Friday and went into effect this Monday. Biden went with such a travel ban despite how he had previously called then President Donald Trump "xenophobic" for issuing such a travel ban from China in response to the Wuhan coronavirus.
The infected individual was vaccinated, but had not had a booster. The CDC as well as those such as Drs. Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins and the Biden administration is using the variant as a reason to promote people get vaccinated and get their booster.
A joint statement from the California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health shared similar details as the CDC statement mentioned above, and also stressed the following: "We must remain vigilant against this variant, but it is not a cause for panic."
Even Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA), who just recently used his executive powers, yet again, to extend the state of emergency, yet again, over COVID, said on Wednesday that "there’s more panic than information around this variant." About lockdowns, he said "I don’t want to see that happen. And I see no indication at this moment whatsoever that that’s in our immediate future."
The statements from the CDC as well as California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health indicate what we already know, that "mild symptoms" are involved. Over the weekend, I covered remarks that Dr. Angelique Coetzee, the South African doctor who informed the country's vaccine advisory committee, shared with The Telegraph. Dr. Coetzee indicated that the symptoms were "so different" and "so mild."
Dr. Fauci, meanwhile, has been fear mongering on the variant even while experts say to not panic. Just earlier on Wednesday, Fauci gave a press conference that was at times cagey and unhelpfully vague.
Fauci gives a total non-answer to Doocy's question about COVID requirements for illegal immigrants. pic.twitter.com/DSxAfK8w54— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) December 1, 2021
That’s not a response…— Rebecca Downs (@RebeccaRoseGold) December 1, 2021
FAUCI: "I don't think it would be appropriate for me to comment whether a state should or should not postpone elective surgeries." pic.twitter.com/zE5tFpeDdI— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) December 1, 2021
CNN will also be airing a town hall with Dr. Fauci on Wednesday night.
As Katie reported, President Joe Biden is expected Thursday to announce new testing requirements for all individuals entering the country through an official port of entry. As she highlighted, though, there will not be announcements when it comes to immigrants illegally crossing over. As the clip above demonstrates, Fauci inartfully referred to it as "a different issue."