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Health Dept. detects 3 possible omicron cases in Caguas region

Melissa Marzán, chief epidemiology officer of the Puerto Rico Department of Health

By The Star Staff

The chief epidemiology officer of the island Department of Health (DS), Melissa Marzán, said Sunday that there are three suspected cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in a family that recently traveled to Florida.

“First of all, we still do not have confirmation of the presence of omicron [in Puerto Rico],” Marzán said in response to questions from the press. “What we have is, as part of the genomic surveillance effort, we have some samples that are suspicious because in the preliminary analyses, they have shown to have the area where the omicron is. Those samples are in the sequencing process. It should be there for a few days so that we can have that result and be able to confirm whether, indeed, it is from the omicron variant.”

“The three cases belong to the Caguas region,” she added. “They are a family that had a recent travel history.”

Marzán said all three cases are people of ages 45 and younger.

She explained that last week the DS sent some 340 samples, with around 160 having been confirmed as the delta variant.

“The delta variant continues to be the most prevalent variant in Puerto Rico,” she said.

In addition, she mentioned that this week 7 positive cases have been detected at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.

Marzán urged people who have attended mass events to be tested for COVID-19.

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