Omicron variant confirmed on-island


9 Cases with Variants of Concern Identified

Today, the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) received nine (9) new results from virus samples collected on Guam between December 19, 2021 to December 27, 2021, which have undergone genome sequencing by the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) State Laboratory Division. DPHSS received the second set of results from the Hawaii DOH State Lab Division. Of the nine (9) samples, seven (7) were identified as the Omicron Variant of Concern (VOC), while two (2) were identified as the Delta VOC. The breakdown is as follows:

    Omicron (VOC)

  • Seven (7) BA.1

Delta (VOC)

  • Two (2) AY.25

To date, 521 SARS-CoV-2 virus samples have been submitted to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Hawaii DOH State Lab Division for genome sequencing and identified a total of three hundred twenty (320) COVID-19 cases infected with variants. DPHSS previously reported variants from results from the CDC and the Hawaii DOH State Lab and identified the following:

  • eighty-nine (89) cases identified with the B.1.1.7 Alpha variant

  • fourteen (14) cases identified with the B.1.429 Epsilon variant

  • four (4) cases identified with the B.1.351 Beta variant

  • two hundred two (212) cases identified with the Delta variant and its sublineages

  • one (1) case identified with the P.1 Gamma variant