The James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa has reported the first COVID-19 Omicron variant in the state of Florida.
According to a hospital spokesperson, “The patient is experiencing mild symptoms and had recently returned from international travel.”
In addition, hospital officials said:
Our providers were able to quickly detect, test, confirm and add this data our developing understanding of this strain.
The best tool we have to ensure the public’s continued health is COVID-19 vaccination, including COVID-19 boosters, available now at all of the Tampa VA locations.
It is critical for people to get vaccinated as soon as possible. While no vaccine is 100% effective in preventing illness, the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. provide excellent protection against the COVID-19 variants that have caused surges in the United States so far and are particularly effective in preventing severe illness or death from COVID-19.
The Omicron variant has been reported in at least 18 states to date.