Chicago Resident First Known Illinois Case of Omicron Variant

Chicago Resident First Known Illinois Case of Omicron Variant

CHICAGO – Health officials say a Chicago resident has been confirmed with Illinois’ first known case of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health said Tuesday night the Chicago resident had contact with someone with a confirmed omicron case who visited the city from another state.

Officials said the Chicago resident had been fully vaccinated and also had received a booster dose.

Cases of the omicron variant have been reported in about one-third of U.S. states. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and health officials urged Chicago and Illinois residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and get their booster shot.