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Baguio: Two cases of Omicron detected in Baguio

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The Department of Health Cordillera (DOH-CAR) confirms the detection of two cases of Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant of concern in Baguio City.

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One is a close contact of a known COVID-19 case, asymptomatic, and without travel history outside Baguio City 14 days before specimen collection. The specimen was collected on December 14, 2021 which turned out positive for COVID-19 on December 15. The specimen was then sent to Philippine Genome Center (PGS) on December 23 for Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) and was reported positive for Omicron Variant on January 15, 2022.

Meanwhile, the other case experienced signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and had no travel history outside Baguio City 14 days prior to onset of illness. The specimen was collected on December 22 and reported positive for COVID-19 on December 24. The specimen was sent to PGS for WGS on December 28 and was reported positive for Omicron Variant on January 15, 2022.

The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) is currently investigating these cases and tracing all their possible close contacts.

With the detection of Omicron variant cases, the public is urged to adhere to the minimum public health standards, wear face masks properly, wash hands with soap and water or alcohol frequently, observe physical distancing, ensure proper ventilation, and avoid crowded areas. The DOH also strongly encourages eligible individuals to get vaccinated and boosted immediately. Vaccines are still our best defense and proven to be safe, effective, and free.

Let’s remain vigilant and continue to keep our guards on for Omicron.

(Source: DOH-CAR)

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