MUSC identifies first 3 cases of omicron variant in South Carolina

Coronavirus

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Medical University of South Carolina on Wednesday announced the COVID-19 variant, known as omicron, has been detected in South Carolina.

MUSC scientists in the Molecular Pathology Laboratory, which have been diligently processing positive COVID-19 samples on a weekly basis, have detected three cases of the variant during weekly sequencing runs this week.

Health officials said three cases were detected in adults within Charleston County. They said the individuals who tested positive for the variant were vaccinated but had not received a booster.

Health officials also said the three cases are a mix of people who did and did not travel recently. All three have mild flu-like symptoms.

“We knew it was only a matter of time before we would see confirmed cases of the Omicron variant here in South Carolina,” said DHEC Director Dr. Edward Simmer.

“As we get further into the winter holiday season, it is more important than ever for our unvaccinated population to begin their COVID-19 vaccination series, and for fully vaccinated individuals to get their booster shot when eligible,” he added. “These vaccines are saving lives every day and are incredibly effective against Omicron, Delta and every other known variant of COVID-19.”

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