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Florida gets its first case of omicron variant


A hospital in Tampa, Florida has announced that it received it’s first patient afflicted with the Omicron variant.

The case was reported at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital,  making it the first case of the variant in Florida.

“Yes, we can confirm detection of a case of the B.1.1.529 Omicron variant. The patient is experiencing mild symptoms and had recently returned from international travel. Our providers were able to quickly detect, test, confirm and add this data to our developing understanding of this strain,” the VA said in a statement to Scripps station WFTS in Tampa.

The coronavirus variant was first found in a patient in South Africa around Nov. 21 and has since spread to several other countries.

Scientist and researchers say they are still unsure how deadly the Omicron variant is.