HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported two additional omicron variant COVID-19 cases on Oahu.
The residents are fully vaccinated and have not reported any travel outside of the state. Neither is hospitalized but have reported mild to moderate symptoms.
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“It is imperative that all Hawaii residents work together to limit the spread of the Omicron variant,” state Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble said in a statement. “These additional cases and points of exposure show that Omicron is in our community, and the best thing we can do is to get vaccinated, continue to wear a mask and get tested if you feel ill or had contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.”
DOH’s State Laboratories Division (SLD) is also sequencing eight additional coronavirus specimens received since Friday with a “molecular clue” suggesting possible Omicron variant. At this time, no omicron cases have been confirmed outside of Oahu.
NEW YORK CITY ANIME CONVENTION
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified Hawaii residents on the attendee list at a New York City anime convention associated with omicron variant cases reported in other states, the DOH said. The exact number of Hawaii attendees is unknown. The state health department will be contacting those who went to the convention and returned to the state to asses for symptoms.
CHRIST EMBASSAY HAWAII
Local health officials are urging members of Christ Embassy Hawaii and members of the public who attended events organized by Christ Embassy on or after Nov. 23 to get tested for COVID-19. The Waipahu-based church has events across Oahu, including a recent gathering in Kalihi near the Mayor Wright Homes.
The DOH reports one person who tested positive for the omicron variant is believed to have attended Christ Embassy events, and there may be several more cases associated with the church.
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Health officials said there are members who recently traveled to a country identified by the CDC as having a high risk for omicron variant cases.